The race for Fourth District supervisor remained unchanged in the final election report with Supervisor Virginia Bass still ahead with 57.27 percent of the vote while challengers Dani Burkhart and Mary Ann Lyons were separated by one vote at 21.21 and 21.18 percent, respectively.
Supervisor Virginia Bass was still ahead at 57.27 percent in the Fourth District contest with the third election night report that only saw another 297 votes counted in the race, while challengers Dani Burkhart and Mary Ann Lyons were separated by one vote at 21.21 and 21.18 percent, respectively.
Supervisor Virginia Bass kept her substantial lead in the Fourth District race with the second round of election results giving her 58.31 percent of the vote followed by challengers Mary Ann Lyons and Dani Burkhart, who respectively received 20.75 and 20.59 percent of the 3,075 ballots counted.
Lyons and Burkhart are separated by five votes.
Two-term incumbent Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass took a commanding early lead in her re-election bid over challengers Dani Burkhart and Mary Ann Lyons.
Bass, the former mayor of Eureka, has taken 64.63 percent of the early vote, comprised completely of vote-by-mail ballots that arrived at the Elections Office prior to today and early voting. Burkhart, an environmental consultant, trails with 17.78 percent of the vote, while educator and community organizer Mary Ann Lyons follows closely behind with 17.34 percent of the early vote tally.
Humboldt County's Fourth Supervisorial District stands apart from the rest. It's the most urban district in the 4,000 square miles that make up Humboldt County and it encompasses the city of Eureka, where most county services are located and many of the county's most entrenched problems — from homelessness to drug addiction — are most visible.
While Bass has campaigned on her experience and track record, the challengers argue they would bring fresh perspective and new ideas to the board.
On the campaign trail, Bass emphasized the need to build more housing in Humboldt, arguing that a lack of affordable options is interrelated with other chronic issues, from homelessness and addiction to the county’s ability to attract highly skilled workers. Burkhart has touted the need to address homeless and addiction problems with a multi-faceted approach that includes everything from additional treatment options and job training to a sanctioned camping area for the homeless. Lyons, meanwhile, has said she would work to bolster local infrastructure and address homelessness by pushing for the construction of more affordable housing and better coordination between homeless service groups, cities and the county.
From the outset, Bass has wielded a massive war chest advantage over her challengers, having out-fundraised them 10-fold since the start of the year and outspent them by more than $38,000.
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