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Arizona 2022 election: Kuby, Kennedy hold slim leads in Arizona Corporation Commission race

Democrats Lauren Kuby and Sandra Kennedy are running in tandem for Arizona Corporation Commission, against the Republican team of Nick Myers and Kevin Thompson. Early results on Tuesday night showed the Democrats with a slim lead. 

The commission regulates the state’s utilities and is made up of five commissioners who serve four-year terms.

Although the candidates run as individuals, Democrats Kuby and the incumbent Kennedy opted to campaign as a team, as did Republicans Myers and Thompson.

One of the biggest issues throughout the campaign has been renewable energy.

Kuby and Kennedy say the commission should set hard but achievable goals for the state’s utilities, and have underscored Arizona’s unique potential to utilize solar energy.

Myers and Thompson have pushed for a more flexible approach, arguing that renewable energy may be cheap to generate, but when storage is calculated in, it’s still cost-prohibitive.

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Pratham Dalal is an intern at KJZZ. He is a sophomore at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He serves as assistant news director at the school's radio station and co-hosts his own show about the environment, "The Greenhouse." He is also the executive producer for The Cut, his school's student broadcast club. Dalal is from the San Francisco Bay Area. He loves hiking, reading books and watching sports. He looks forward to making an impact in the Phoenix community.