Written by Andy Shirtliff, candidate for Montana Public Service Commission
I was born in Montana and raised in Kalispell; where my folks taught me the value of hard work and the importance of public service. After working and volunteering my way through college, I set out to serve the people of Montana.
I currently live in Helena and over the last 5 years I’ve had the incredible opportunity to travel all across our great state to work with small business owners, community leaders, and economic developers to help create a business plan for Montana. I also led the team that built an award-winning online tool that streamlines Montana’s permitting and licensing system, and helps business owners navigate Montana’s regulatory process.
4 of those 5 years, Montana was ranked the #1 State in the Nation to start a business.
We live in the Last Best Place. A state with with big skies and bigger opportunities, I believe that together we can continue to strengthen our businesses and grow our economy by;
INVESTING IN MONTANA: in our people and our infrastructure;
ADDING-VALUE: to industries and diversity to our energy economy;
INNOVATION: removing barriers to innovation and new job creation;
ACCOUNTABILITY: encouraging utility companies to improve efficiencies;
TRANSPARENCY: shining a light on Montana’s regulatory process.
I am ready to serve Montana in a new way;
I’m Andy Shirtliff and I am running for the Montana Public Service Commission.
Take a look at my first video below, I am proud of it and it has spread far and wide already. It has over 29,000 views on Facebook.
My career working in economic development with Main Street Montana businesses has taught me that we have opportunities all over Montana for all forms of safe, clean, renewable energy.
Our state has not only survived recessions but thrived because we had a diversity of industries, and we must embrace this fact to become the energy leaders of the nation.
Not relying solely on one source of power, but removing barriers, incentivizing innovation, promoting competition, accountability and diversifying our energy portfolio so we can create better high-paying jobs and a brighter future for Montana.
I aim to bring a greater transparency and accountability to the Montana PSC, not playing favorites to one company or industry, but a dedication to Montana’s families and small businesses; with a balanced, fair and just approach.
The current PSC is stifling the development of new, cleaner, and more affordable energy. It makes sense for families to lower their utility bills and it makes sense for new wind and solar business that will bring jobs and economic growth to Montana; as well as new revenue streams for local and county governments.
I support a balanced and diverse energy portfolio that includes wind and solar so we can deliver consumers the best options to keep power bills affordable and bring clean energy and good jobs to Montana.
I kindly, and humbly ask for your vote on June 5th.