Ersatz Democrats?

| May 03, 2012


I want to thank Ryan Burns for his article ("Dem Schism," April 26) about the battle over seats in the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee. It is important that voters are aware of what is at stake in an election that often attracts little interest. I feel, however, that the article missed some of the significance of this division. The four candidates seeking to defeat the incumbents are part of a long-planned effort to take over the leadership of the local Democratic Party.  Looking at what those individuals have said, how they have voted in public office and who they have supported in past elections, it is clear that they do not represent Democratic principles. One has long been a darling of the local Republican party, and only recently switched, putting a "D" after her name probably with an opportunistic eye to winning higher office in the party that carries more votes in this county.

They are trying to appeal to Democrats by using the mantra of "jobs" just as national Republicans are. What they mean is a few short-term construction jobs on developments that will contribute to urban sprawl, undercut existing businesses and inflate profits for their economic backers. True Democratic principles support sustainable jobs, responsible land use planning and long-range environmental protection. But there is more to consider here than philosophical differences. The incumbents have for years been the worker bees of the local party -- registering voters, doing mailings, staffing the headquarters, running campaigns and doing all the unglamorous nitty gritty work of putting together fundraisers. Three of the four insurgents haven't done squat along these lines. They suddenly want to be party leaders when they have never worked in the trenches. Why should we think that, if elected, they will do any more work besides supporting their cronies? So, if Democratic voters want their party led by real Democrats who have earned their leadership positions, they should vote for Linda Atkins, Bob Service and Pam Service for County Democratic Central Committee on June 5.

Pam Service, Eureka


As a longtime member of the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC), I feel it is imperative that the voters in the 2nd Supervisorial District know that HCDCC did not endorse Estelle Fennel, the Democratic candidate running for that seat against incumbent Clif Clendenen, after she sought our endorsement. It takes 60 percent of the attending voting members of HCDCC for an endorsement and Ms. Fennell's requested endorsement did not get those numbers.

Why did we not endorse her?

Many of our members voiced concerns about her work for the last 2.5 years as the executive director of HumCPR (Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights -- "Protecting Your Rural Lifestyle") and the stand that it supports concerning our County's General Plan Update, a stand that many members of our organization do not agree with.  

Concerns were also raised for where Ms. Fennell's campaign funds are coming from. By simply following the money and looking at her contributions reported, Ms. Fennell has received campaign contributions from the same local companies and individuals who are also funding the campaigns of Rex Bohn and Karen Brooks. In accepting their donations, she has aligned herself with their political wants and desires. Most of these donations come from outside the 2nd Supervisorial District, a district which she says will always come first with her. Yet her campaign funds indicate otherwise.

I urge all 2nd District voters to look at the facts before you cast your vote.

Chris Beresford, Bayside


Comments (8)

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"So, if Democratic voters want their party led by real Democrats who have earned their leadership positions, they should vote for Linda Atkins, Bob Service and Pam Service for County Democratic Central Committee" So says long time GREENocrat Pam Service. Makes sense she'd like to see her fellow GREENocrats elected, pushing moderate to conservative Dems out of the way.

Posted by nope on 05/03/2012 at 5:50 PM

Great to watch the right wingers seeking to take over the HCDCC piss and moan about the democratic process. Take note democrats.

Posted by Anonymous on 05/04/2012 at 12:12 AM

I think we all want sustainable jobs. But I think you listed true democratic principles in the wrong order "sustainable jobs, responsible land use planning and long-range environmental protection.". Reverse these and you will have what appears to be the values of the majority of the local citizens, who are democratic. Can you name some industry that local democrats support that will fit into the matrix? Can you rally have all three? Sounds like a utopia to me. The only industry that I hear about is tourism and that doesn't bring living wage jobs.

Posted by Garrett Coonrod on 05/04/2012 at 6:49 AM

Seems like its the GREENocrats pissing and moaning about the democratic process.

Posted by nope on 05/04/2012 at 9:07 PM

It's nice to see the differences between the right and left so clearly articulated. Clear message: If you care about your property rights, and your individual freedoms, (and jobs, and less regulations, and a healthier business climate) your Democrat party is not only abandoning you, it is deriding you. Come to the dark side. We have cookies.

Posted by Rose on 05/07/2012 at 8:47 AM

NEWS FLASH! Rose is back to "outpatient status" and blogging more loads of noxious horseshit. "Dark Side", indeed. If it ain't fascist friendly, Rose can't stomach it.

Posted by Rose Stinks on 05/07/2012 at 11:43 AM

"one has long been a darling of the local Republican party" your speaking of Bonnie Neely, right ?

Posted by brian connors on 05/08/2012 at 5:20 AM

Rose is right. If you're concerned about jobs, property rights and individual freedom, Democrats are not the ones to hang with.

Posted by Fred Mangels on 05/10/2012 at 7:34 AM
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