As a 4th branch of government unique to Arizona, the Corporation Commission affects our lives by regulating 343 utilities providers, setting rates, and making rules impacting the bills we pay for every service we turn on in our homes. Recently, the Commission has been plagued by five major corruption cases, distracting from a rate hike passed by Commissioners making life harder for working families.
These issues as well as her championship of clean energy have galvanized Sears—a respected former policy expert at the Corporation Commission—to enter the race for Corporation Commissioner.
"The Arizona Corporation Commission’s mission is to power Arizona’s future by ensuring safe, reliable, and affordable utility services; growing Arizona’s economy as we help local entrepreneurs achieve their dream of starting a business; modernizing an efficient, effective, and responsive government agency; and protecting Arizona citizens by enforcing an ethical securities marketplace."
"Article 15 of the Arizona Constitution establishes the Arizona Corporation Commission. Only 7 states have constitutionally formed Commissions. Arizona is one of only 13 states with elected Commissioners. In the 37 other states, Commissioners are appointed by either the governor or the legislature. In most states, the Commission is known as the Public Service Commission or the Public Utility Commission. Our Commission, however, has responsibilities that go beyond traditional public utilities regulation. These additional roles include facilitating the incorporation of businesses and organizations, securities regulation and railroad/pipeline safety. By virtue of the Arizona Constitution, the Commissioners function in an Executive capacity, they adopt rules and regulations thereby functioning in a Legislative capacity, and they also act in a Judicial capacity sitting as a tribunal and making decisions in contested matters. The Commission is required by the Arizona Constitution to maintain its chief office in Phoenix and it is required by law to conduct monthly meetings."