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Burns, Tobin, Dunn Elected To Arizona Corporation Commission

Arizona Corporation Commission debate
(Photo by Howard Fischer - Capitol Media Services)
Commissioner Bob Burns campaigned on his efforts to reveal the source of dark money spending in 2014. Now he has accused another commissioner of possible "misconduct."

It was a victory for the incumbents in this election’s race for the Arizona Corporation Commission. Meanwhile, the third final seat will most likely go to Republican Boyd Dunn.

Outside spending on the race surpassed $6 million with both the solar industry and the state’s largest utility APS backing their preferred candidates. Tobin has been at odds with Burns at times, especially over Burns' efforts to force APS to disclose whether it was behind dark money contributions in the last election. But Tobin says he believes they can work together.

"It’s unfortunate the direction he is going isn’t a Republican stand, it’s not that people don’t want disclose, people want equal disclosure. But Bob and I have often worked together and not been on the same side," Tobin says.

With Burns and Tobin’s victory, the five person regulatory panel remains in Republican control and will have key decisions to make about the future of solar in Arizona.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.