|Louisiana Public Service Commissioner - District 1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Religion||Independent energy consultant|
Wright spent over 10 years working with Shell International Exploration and The Alliance for Affordable Energy prior to his 2014 campaign.
- Bachelor's degree, Tulane University
- Master's degree, Tulane University
Reasons for running in 2014
Wright announced plans to run against Eric Skrmetta (R) after ethics concerns emerged about the incumbent in early August. The Times-Picayune published a report on August 5, 2014 detailing an email exchange between the commissioner and Andrew B. Ezell from the Gulf State Renewable Energies Industry Association. This exchange reportedly included a request by Skrmetta for the organization's support ahead of the November election in exchange for his vote in support of more lenient metering policies in Louisiana. Ezell sent the request to members of the association on August 2, only four days prior to commission hearings about lifting the state's limit on payments to consumers using solar panels.
Skrmetta denied wrongdoing or an exchange of favors with solar energy firms following the paper's report. He noted in The Times-Picayune, that the commission needed to review metering policy due to concerns about the viability of an unnamed solar firm based in the state. Wright cited Skrmetta's email as a motivation for his 2014 campaign. Commissioner Foster Campbell (D), who is seeking re-election to the District 5 seat, has been vocal in opposing changes to existing policy.
Wright ran for District 2 of the Louisiana Public Service Commission in 2012. He faced Scott Angelle (R), Erich Ponti (R), Sarah Holliday (R), and Greg Gaubert (no party affiliation) in the blanket primary on November 6, 2012. Angelle won the primary with more than the simply majority of the vote required to avoid a runoff.
|Louisiana Public Service Commission, District 2, 2012|
|Election Results Via: Louisiana Secretary of State|
Wright lost the election to the position of Louisiana Public Service Commissioner District 2 in 2012. During that election cycle, Wright raised a total of $45,128.
|Louisiana Public Service Commissioner District 2 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Forest Wright's campaign in 2012|
|Forest G. Bradley-Wright||$4,000|
|Forest G. Bradley-Wright||$4,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$45,128|
|Source:Follow the Money|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Forest + Wright + Louisiana + Public + Service + Commission + elections"
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- The Times-Picayune, "Forest Wright announces candidacy for Public Service Commission District 1 seat," April 6, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "PSC District 2 Candidate List," accessed October 25, 2012
- Wright for Louisiana, "About Forest," accessed September 15, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Email controversy ensnares Public Service Commission Chair Eric Skrmetta, solar proposal," August 5, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Candidate inquiry," accessed August 16, 2012
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Complete election results," accessed November 7, 2012
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