BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Election season is not yet over as two candidates are vying for their seat on the Public Service Commission. Lambert Boissiere is defending his position from Davante Lewis, a newcomer who wants to see sweeping change.

The Public Service Commission is a quiet board with a lot of impact. The five-person commission regulates prices, reliability, and safety of public services.

Lambert Boissiere has been on the commission for 17 years and said he has a lot more work to do. In recent years he has pushed to have more solar farms around the state to take the major dependency off of the oil and gas industry.

“We can build and make a really strong, resilient grid that can give us more reliability and give us the ability to withstand these storms a whole lot better,” Boissiere said.

The main issue for voters is high utility bills. This summer Louisianans saw record-high prices. Boissiere said the commission did what it could to handle the cost and claims Louisiana has some of the lowest rates compared to surrounding states.

“We put on tons of payment plans to help people survive through these difficult months. But more importantly, we deferred many of the fuel costs,” Boissiere said. “It could have been much higher had we not acted.”

But for Davante Lewis, not enough has been done. A major part of why he got into the race was the high utility prices and he claims the companies are not being held accountable enough for their fees. The fees that are tacked on to your bill are approved by the PSC, which Lewis said needs to be better vetted.

“I think it’s time for a new generation of leaders. For too long the old school system has worked for just a few and it’s time to bring in a new generation with bold ideas with new solutions to make Louisiana stronger and better for its future,” Lewis said.

Lewis has also called out Boissiere for taking campaign donations from Entergy, one of the companies the PSC regulates. Boissiere fired back stating all his campaign contributions have been legal and said Lewis has been taking too many donations from out-of-state groups.

Both candidates are Democrats, but Lewis has different ideas than the incumbent and he wants to shift the focus to some key issues.

“This seat has some of the highest cancer rates than anywhere in the world, some of the highest pollution of air than anywhere in the world and if we are going to make a difference in our country and our world it’s going to start right here in District 3,” Lewis said.

The race has garnered national attention as Louisiana is at the forefront of climate change impacts, which many both in and out of the state are pushing to make a shift to help address the growing problem.

Early voting runs through Dec. 3. Election day is Dec. 10.