Flathead conservative and long-time public servant Derek Skees announced on his Facebook page recently that he will be seeking to fill the soon-to-be-vacant District 5 seat on the Public Service Commission.
Skees, who is prohibited by Montana’s political rules from serving any longer in the Montana House, represented two districts while in Helena as he served HD 4 from 2011-2013 and currently serves as representative for HD 11 until his term ends in 2023.
The move for Skees seems like a natural one as he has worked closely with the PSC for many years. His message from Facebook clarifies Skees’ decision on making his run.
I have been deeply involved with both energy issues and policy for this great state, and many years of leadership in the oversight of the PSC make me uniquely qualified to sit on that commission. I know the job very well and would be able to work the steep learning curve from day one. – Derek Skees Representative, Montana HD 11
The seat that Skees is running for in PSC District 5 is currently filled by Vice-Chairman Brad Johnson, who recently broke the news on Montana Daily Gazette that he has decided to run for the newly created congressional seat to be voted on in 2022