What’s next for Brandon Presley? The former Democratic gubernatorial candidate has a new job.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Brandon Presley He has found a new job in the solar industry.

In a press release issued Thursday, Pressley, who most recently served as Mississippi’s public service commissioner, announced that he will become vice president of strategic initiatives for Edelen Renewables, a solar power plant developer based in Kentucky.

The company will open an office in Mississippi, which Presley will manage.

“Getting this country to energy independence, while creating good jobs for good people in down-on-their-luck communities, has been my focus as Mississippi Public Service Commissioner,” Pressley wrote in the statement. “The opportunity to build on my service as President of the National Association of Utility Commissioners and take this mission across America is too good to pass up. I believe in the mission and the people of Edelen Renewables and I am excited to join them in their important work.”

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brandon Pressley speaks in Jackson in 2023. Pressley announced Thursday that he will take a new job at Edelen Renewables, a Kentucky-based solar developer that plans to open an office in Mississippi.

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brandon Pressley speaks in Jackson in 2023. Pressley announced Thursday that he will take a new job at Edelen Renewables, a Kentucky-based solar developer that plans to open an office in Mississippi.

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In his role, Pressley will head up the company’s Farmer Community Initiative, which aims to preserve farmland and increase the use of solar energy, and will also manage the day-to-day operations of the Edelen branch in Mississippi.

“For Brandon, it’s all about giving people a chance to achieve the American dream,” Adam Edelen, founder and CEO of Edelen, wrote in the statement. “His commitment to this mission, his energy expertise, and his standing as a nationally recognized utility.” Organized and an overall employee makes him an ideal leader in our company. As we strive to expand the circle of green energy winners, Brandon will lead much of our engagement, from utility executives and policymakers to community leaders working to bring modern economic opportunities to their hometowns.

In 2023, Pressley, a Democrat, went head-to-head with Republican Gov. Tate Reeves during the gubernatorial race. He lost by about 3.2% to Reeves, the closest a Democrat has come to the state since 1999.

Grant McLaughlin covers state government for the Clarion Ledger. He can be reached at gmclaughlin@gannett.com or 972-571-2335.

This article originally appeared on the Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Brandon Pressley, MS Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is taking on the solar industry job

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