We all know it just around the corner, so it is time to evaluate the chances of potential candidates running for the Humboldt County 4th District Supervisor seat. We all know Bonnie will be finishing her "sixth" term, or 24 years, and with there being no term limits on Humboldt County Supervisors, she is free to run once again. Here are my odds of names being thrown out there to actually run and comments:
Bonnie Neely (8-7): I would not wager money on her not running. She has been calling supporters and collecting funds. I will predict she will have a harder time funding this campaign. I do not think she will be able to ride a "Democrats for Neely" train to victory this time. (Unless she changes party affiliations.)
Jeff Leonard (7-5): Jeff is a current Eureka City Councilman who is a registered Democrat with social liberal tendencies, but fiscally conservative. "Show me the money!" He will be hosting a campaign kick off on may 29th. Something drastic would have to happen to change his mind.
Richard Marks (8-5): Elected positions-Board of Directors, Samoa Peninsula Fire District and Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee. Been there done that.....twice. I am the only one to challenge Bonnie multiple times. It's kind of a hobby now. I can win other elections, just not this "Holy Grail" Supervisor job that pays more per capita than any other of the 58 counties in the state! By $30,000 a year! I support working class ideals and have nearly 40 years of working history in this county.
Virginia Bass (9-5): The Mayor of Eureka. This could make this race a classic. She has great name recognition and is very eloquent. I would classify Virginia as a Left leaning Republican. She has the potential to finance a monster campaign. Her husband led Frank Jager to a huge victory for City Councilman and knows the nuts and bolts of a campaign.
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap (5-1): Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Chair. Green Party community organizer. She knows how win elections and how to organize grass root campaigns. I have heard her name brought up, but have not heard anything from her. Kaitlin told me tonight that she has no intentions.
Larry Glass (10-1): Eureka City Councilman. Democrat. Has potential to win any election here in the North Coast. Has done nothing but further his popularity while on the city counsil. It would be fun to see.
Mike Jones (15-1): Republican. Conservative. Mike knows many people in Eureka. I just don't think he wants the hassle.
Any others out there?
[UPDATE 9:23 a.m.] Gas Line Broken in Rio Dell, According to Reports on the Scanner - A gas line reportedly has broken at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Bellview Lane in Rio Dell, according to scanner traffic.
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