In June 2008, I was about as close as one could get on the local races. Here I stick out my neck again. And add the presidential election.
Barack Obama 50%
John McCain 45%
Let us hope and pray!
Congress and Assembly-
Thompson and Chesbro by many votes.
Humboldt County Supervisor 2nd District
Clif Clendenen-No Party 37%
Estelle Fennell-Democrat 33%
Johanna Rodoni-Republican 30%
I can not see JO/RO educating enough voters or motivating enough to pull this write-in Ballot attempt off. Clif seems to have gained support and Estelle’s campaign seems to have leveled off. I hope I am wrong, but this is my opinion.
Eureka City Council
Polly Endert-Republican 53%
Linda Adkins-Democrat 47%
Linda has proven to be an admirable candidate and this will be a close race. Polly seems to have spent/wasted many of thousands of dollars on unnecessary multi-mailers and way too much in Newspaper ads. But just the shear volume of literature, and close North Coast ties will lead Polly to be elected.
Frank Jager-Republican 55%
George Clark-Democrat 45%
I have said this was a lock for the Democrat in the race, but I have seen many Democrats supporting Frank. Why? Got me. Frank has huge name recognition and most of it is positive?
Arcata City Council (Three seats available)
Michael Winkler-Democrat 38%
Shane Brinton-Democrat 31%
Michael Machi-No Party 28%
Susan Ornelas-Republican 25%
Jason Grow-No Party 9%
Geronimo Garcia-Green Party 5%
Winkler is a lock. Shane, Machi and Ornelas are going to be close. This is my wishful thinking.
Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap-Green 58%
Stephen Davies-Democrat 42%
Kaitlin has been a good district board member that has worked well with other board members.
Ben Shepherd-Republican 35%
Edward “Buzz” Webb-Democrat 25%
Tera Prucha-Democrat 25%
Jake Pickering-Democrat 8%
Adrienne Floreen-No Party 7%
Ben did really well on the KEET debates and seemed smooth. He has been on the MCSD for years and knows a thing or two about campaigning. The HCDCC split on endorsing a Democrat may cost a Democrat seating on this board. Still don't know what Jake Pickering looks like. Adrienne looked way angry during the debate.
Barbara Hecathorn-Republican 65%
Robert Shultz-Democrat 35%
Robert needed to form a committee and work the streets. Did not see this happen.
All these predictions are my own. I have heard from many in each area and can qualify my choices. Don’t argue with me now, wait and chastise me afterwards. Who out there has the guts to publicly give their unbiased opinion?
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