Five candidates. Nine community groups. Two hours of questions. This is the format for a forum at Eureka's Labor Temple, scheduled to be held tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.
The candidates include contenders for two supervisor's seats, with Fifth District incumbent Ryan Sundberg facing off against challenger Steve Madrone, and the three-way race between Fourth District incumbent Virginia Bass and challengers Dani Burkhart and Mary Ann Lyons. You can find previous coverage of the races here
The candidates will be quizzed by representatives from a spectrum of community groups, which includes The Humboldt Del Norte Central Labor Council, North Coast People’s Alliance, Cooperation Humboldt, Health Care for All Humboldt, Northcoast Environmental Center, Centro del Pueblo, Move to Amend, Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives and True North. These groups represent a variety of issues effecting the local community, including immigration, health care, homelessness and the environment.
The forum will be streamed live on Facebook and available at a later date on Access Humboldt.
From Cooperation Humboldt:
EUREKA, CA (May 10, 2018) – Nine community groups have teamed up to host a community forum for all five candidates running for a Board of Supervisors seat in the upcoming election on June 5th. The Humboldt Del Norte Central Labor Council, North Coast People’s Alliance, Cooperation Humboldt, Health Care for All Humboldt, Northcoast Environmental Center, Centro del Pueblo, Move to Amend, Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives, and True North are cosponsoring the event, which will be held at the Labor Temple (840 E Street, Eureka) TONIGHT - May 10th from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Each group will pose questions relevant to their missions to each of the five invited candidates - incumbent Virginia Bass and challengers Mary Ann Lyons and Dani Burkhart in District 4, and in District 5, incumbent Ryan Sundberg and challenger Steve Madrone. The forum will be moderated by Central Labor Council Secretary John Frahm, and will be livestreamed on Facebook and recorded to air soon after on Access Humboldt.
“Local residents are deeply engaged in political and social issues right now,” reports Tamara McFarland, North Coast People’s Alliance steering committee chair. “There is a growing awareness of the need to work collaboratively to achieve positive changes for the environment, economy, and social safety nets - that’s what is unique about this event, and why we’re so pleased to have such broad participation from multiple groups working on these issues in our community.”
This event is free and open to the public.