Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sundberg official in 5th. 4 running for Humboldt County Assessor's seat? More Humboldt County political bits.

Robin and I went to Ryan Sundberg's kick off at Mckinleyville's Azalea Hall on Saturday. When I heard he was holding this event at this time and venue I was curious on what turnout he would get. He had it family themed with bounce rooms, face painting and animal balloons for the kids and basic hot dog BBQ feed. It was brilliant. A few hundred people showed and many kids who had a blast. Ryan has two formidable opponents in Radio businessman Pat Cleary and 5th District Harbor Commissioner Pat Higgins.

I also went to Mike Downey's event at the Warfinger on Friday night. It was a good crowd and had many politico's from the area. Outgoing Sheriff Gary Philp is emphatically endorsing Mike. Many law enforcement officials were there supporting Mike also. District Attorney hopeful Paul Hagen was there and has support of many "progressives" in the 3rd District. That has to be an eye opener to Paul Gallego's campaign. A lefty-lefty split could open the way for Kathleen Bryson and maybe Allison Jackson?

Ok. Help me with this one. 4 people are running for Humboldt County Assessor. I don't ever recall this office being hotly contested. Has current Assessor Linda Hill been doing that bad of job? Here is a basic outline of the job description of assessor: "Appraises all unsecured property annually; appraises secured property at time of transfer, plus all new construction; prepares tax roll and delivers it to the County Auditor yearly; keeps records of taxable property." Why is there a crowded field? Will Assistant Assessor Mari Wilson be able to solve the issues in the department, or is she considered part of the problem? And what is the perceived problems? It all just leaves me wondering. Others who will most likely be in the race are Mari, Johanna Rodoni, (Johanna was at Mike Downey and Ryan Sundberg events and talking to many people.) John Brook and Keith Nord. Anyone else?

13 comments:

mresquan said...

I believe that Jeff Lytle is in for the 5th dist. as well.

Anonymous said...

I will be voting for Mari Wilson and Downey. There is no credible reason to vote any other way. What a joke, or to some people, what a gravy train.

Anonymous said...

With the notable exception of the DA, the county has had some very good people in these elected positions over the last 10 years or so. I am really not impressed by the potential candidates being lined up this year. All of the DA candidates are marginal at best. Johanna should be ashamed of this blatant carpet-bagging. I don't know anything about Mari Wilson. Nobody is going to be able to fill Duffy's shoes in the 5th district. I have a feeling that no matter what happens, things are going to get very dysfunctional.

Rose said...

What happened to the link to the Sundberg thing on the TS site? It was there Sunday.
http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_14305419
It's gone from the listing and this is the message that comes up:
Thank you for visiting Eureka Times Standard. We are sorry the article that you requested is no longer available. Please search for this article in our archive search.

The link for Cleary, however - a January 21st story - is still up http://www.times-standard.com/ci_14236955

samoasoftball said...

Some comments are not making it to the blog because they are either over the top, or just not proper. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

Richard, can you tell us who John Brook and Keith Nord are and what kind of experience they have that would qualify then to be the County Assessor?

samoasoftball said...

uh, I don't know either.

Anonymous said...

I just used the link that Rose posted and the article on Sundberg is back along with the comments.

Anonymous said...

www.brooksforassessor.com has more about Jon Brooks who announced he is running.

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