AMY DALRYMPLE, Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota Public Service Commission Chairman Randy Christmann announced Thursday he is seeking re-election.

Christmann, a Republican, was elected to the commission in 2012 and is seeking a second six-year term.

He said he wants to continue serving the public by ensuring reliable and affordable utility rates, overseeing safety and land reclamation programs and balancing energy development with protecting natural resources.

The three-member commission oversees electric and gas utilities, energy plant and transmission sitings, coal mine reclamation, pipeline safety, grain elevators and other areas.

“It is vitally important that the commission retain a balanced approach to regulation of the industries we oversee,” Christmann said.