BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The two best-funded candidates for an open seat on the state's utility regulatory agency say they will continue to take campaign contributions from companies they would regulate.
Republican contenders Scott Angelle and Erich Ponti say the money won't influence their decision-making if they are elected to the Public Service Commission.
Their three opponents - Republican Sarah Holliday, Democrat Forest Wright and independent Greg Gaubert - said they aren't seeking campaign cash from the utility industry because taking the dollars compromises a commissioner's ability to make decisions that are best for utility customers.
The comments came as the five candidates vying for the PSC seat covering the Baton Rouge area faced off in a forum Monday before the Press Club of Baton Rouge.
The election is Nov. 6.
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