Stopping ESG Causes Controversy at Arizona Corporation Commission, While One Candidate Runs on Platform of Ending It

Some Republicans on the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) are resisting calls to stop Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) plans by the utilities they regulate, and the controversy has extended to the upcoming fall election.

Three of the five seats are up for election: two are wide open, and the third is held by Commissioner Lea Márquez Peterson, who is seeking reelection. While two new Republican candidates appear to be running as a slate with Márquez Peterson, newcomer Christy Kelly is running alone on a platform that emphasizes stopping ESG, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and the Green New Deal.

Kelly (pictured above), who describes herself as an America First candidate, said on X Tuesday that the ACC has a precedent for banning ESG at the utilities they oversee.

“This is the POLICY former Commissioner Justin Olsen did with masks — something with teeth,” she said, including a copy of the Opinion and Order the ACC issued banning utilities from requiring masks. “To my knowledge, this has not been done with ESG or DEI.”

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