Field says he won't seek re-election to PSC
Public Service Commission Vice Chairman Jimmy Field has announced he will not seek re-election to his post representing the commission's 2nd District and will retire when his term ends on Dec. 31. Field, who is 72, made the announcement in a letter released today. He says he won't seek another term this fall so that he can spend more time with his family and law practice. "The time required to continue to serve as a leader on the commission, to run an effective campaign, to be a loving husband to Laura, my wife of 51 years, to be a father to four grown children and grandfather to 15 grandchildren, as well as continue my part-time law practice, has forced me to re-evaluate my plans," Field writes. The five-member PSC regulates utilities, trucking and telecommunication. The 2nd District covers a swath of southeastern Louisiana from East and West Feliciana parishes south to the coastal parishes of Iberia, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Lafourche and includes parts of Lafayette and East Baton Rouge parishes. Field replaced Kathleen Blanco on the commission in 1996. Blanco left the post to run for lieutenant governor, a race she won before going on to serve as governor. "Stepping down is never easy, but I have always admired those who have left at the top of their game," Field's letter concludes. "By making the decision at this time, [I] will give others who wish to serve ample time to campaign for the position. My campaign will refund contributions made during this election cycle."
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