North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Susan E. Wefald announced today that she is not seeking re-election to the Public Service Commission.
"By the end of this upcoming 2008 election year I will complete sixteen years as a member of your Public Service Commission, and you will find me working on your behalf right up to the end of my term.Â But sixteen years in this job is a long time and I am ready for new challenges, whatever they may be.Â Therefore, I have decided not to seek another term on the Public Service Commission," Wefald said in a release.
Wefald was appointed to the PSC effective on Jan. 1, 1993, by former Gov. Ed Schafer to fill the remaining four years of the unexpired term of Dale Sandstrom who was elected to the Supreme Court in 1992.Â
In 1994 she was elected to the remaining two years of that term.Â In 1996 and 2002 she was re-elected to six year terms on the PSC.Â She is serving as president of the commission.Â Previously she had been twice elected to the Bismarck School Board, serving one year as president.
Although her future plans are uncertain Commissioner Wefald said she agrees with an editorial opinion of The Bismarck Tribune this fall regarding officials moving from state government to the private sector.Â
"For one full year after I complete my term on December 31, 2008, I will not seek or accept full time or part time employment, or a consultant position, with any non-governmental company or individual who has appeared or will appear before the Public Service Commission," Wefald said.