Current Southern Public Service Commissioner R. Stephen Renfroe will not be seeking to return to the office in the 2015 election. Renfroe was appointed to the position in 2013 by Gov. Phil Bryant to replace Leonard Bentz who left to office to become the executive director of the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District.
Four candidates have qualified for the position. Republicans Sam Britton, Mike Collier, and Tony Smith will face-off in a primary on August 2nd. Britton is the Manager Director of the McLean Group‘s Hattiesburg Office. Collier was the 2011 Democratic candidate for the same position and lost to eventual winner Leonard Bentz. Smith is a small business owner and currently serves as the District 47 state Senator.
Tom Blanton is the only Democrat and will face the winner of the Republican primary in the November 4th general election. Blanton lost in the 2011 Democrat primary to Collier for the Southern PSC seat.
For more information:
- State Sen. Tony Smith announces run for Southern PSC
- Sun Herald: South Mississippi Candidate List
- 2013: Former Chevron exec Steve Renfroe of Moss Point new Public Service Commissioner
- Mississippi Public Service Commission