UPDATE: Bass Wins 4th, Kerrigan Mum on Future


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Virginia Bass has won the 4th District, according to post-election results released today by the Humboldt County Elections Office.

The vote tally, which includes ballots turned into the elections office and polling places on Election Day, saw Bass take 2,822 of the vote (52.05 percent), compared to Kerrigan’s 2,587.

The Southern Humboldt Unified School District bond measure failed to get the necessary 55 percent to pass.


The 4th District supervisor race is all but decided as less than 1,000 remaining uncounted ballots leave challenger Chris Kerrigan very unlikely to catch up to incumbent Virginia Bass.

In total, 845 ballots from the district remain uncounted. Kerrigan, who received 55 percent of the election day votes, would need 68 percent of the remaining uncounted votes to overtake Bass. That’s a steep hill to climb, which he acknowledged on the phone this morning: “It’s going to be very difficult to overcome a 300-vote difference," he said. "I think it's unlikely that we could pull ahead.”

He hasn’t conceded the race to Bass. “At this point it’s just a matter of waiting for [the elections office] to finalize the count.”

And Kerrigan's still not talking about a potential run for Eureka Mayor. He filed paperwork to raise money for that office before rescinding it and running for supervisor. “I’m certainly looking forward to a number of potential possibilities,” he said. “I haven’t made any final decisions. I feel likely that I will run again at some point for public office. I can’t say that it’ll be as soon as November.”

A school bond measure in the Southern Humboldt Unified School District, following election night results, trailed with 51 percent of voters in favor of the measure. The measure needs 55 percent voter approval to pass. There remain 510 uncounted ballots in that race.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post failed to mention that the bond measure needs 55 percent approval to pass.


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