- Carol Drake--She's a lawyer and, until recently, a partner at the law firm of Parr Richey Obremskey & Morton where she performed work for utility companies. One of that firm's former partners, Larry Wallace, who died this past year, served as chairman of the IURC before working as a utility lawyer at Drake's former law firm. Drake was in the news lately after her fellow partners at the firm fired her because of a real estate dispute she had with Duke Realty, a client of the law firm. She sued Duke Realty for interfering with her business relationship with the firm, a case that is still pending after a trial court summary judgment ruling in favor of Duke was reversed by the Indiana Court of Appeals.
- Robert Hartley--He's a partner at the law firm of Frost, Brown, Todd. According to his law firm bio, he has represented suppliers of electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunication services.
- Jim Huston--He's a career government employee who spent many years working on three different congressional staffs, including Mike Pence's staff when he was a member of Congress. He started out working for the BMV many years ago under former Gov. Bob Orr after getting a political science degree at Ball State. He currently works as Chief of Staff for the Department of Health after heading up the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Pence's chief of staff, Jim Atterholt, a former lobbyist for AT&T, is believed to favor Huston's selection as his replacement.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
More Pro-Utility Candidates Nominated For IURC
It never fails. The only choices forwarded to Gov. Mike Pence by the IURC Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy created when Commission Chairman Jim Atterholt stepped down to become Pence's chief of staff are reliably in the back pocket of the utility companies. The three nominees are retreads from previous nominating rounds: