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LePage Nominates Tennessee Economist to Maine PUC

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage's newest nominee to the Maine Public Utilities Commission says he'd come into the job with an open mind.

If approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, Bruce Williamson would replace a former Democratic Gov. John Baldacci appointee, David Littell. Littell's term has expired but has remained until a new commissioner is confirmed.

Williamson, whose nomination was announced Monday, currently serves as a senior economist at the Institute for Nuclear Security at the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, which is part of the University of Tennessee.

He said Monday that he's an "agnostic'' when it comes to sources of energy. He said he'd support any that makes economic sense.

This post has been updated.

Williamson would join Carlie McLean, former chief legal counsel to LePage, and Chairman Mark Vannoy on the commission.