Clark Public Utilities Commissioner Carol Curtis said Monday she will not seek re-election after 30 years of helping oversee the utility’s power and water decisions.
Amboy resident Jim Malinowski, meanwhile, has announced he will run to succeed Curtis. Malinowski, a retired utility engineer, unsuccessfully challenged Curtis twice before, most recently in 2006, when he lost with 49.6 percent of the vote to Curtis’ 50.2 percent.
In a news release he issued Sunday, Malinowski said his 31-year career with Pacific Gas & Electric and his experience as a teacher give him “the background to understand the technical nature of (the utility’s) business and regulatory environment.”
Curtis said she plans to move from Salmon Creek to Vancouver, a decision that will take her out of District 1, where she’s represented north Clark County on the three-member Clark Public Utilities board since 1982. She said she personally told Malinowski she wouldn’t run again.
“It just seemed like a good time now,” she added of her decision to not run for re-election. “I think 30 years is probably long enough.”