Arcata City Council Appoints New Member

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The Arcata City Council selected Meredith Matthews to serve the remainder of former Mayor Sofia Pereira's term last night following a candidate forum.

Matthews, an administrative specialist with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority who sits on the Arcata Chamber of Commerce board and previously served on the city's Economic Development Committee, was one of seven city residents who applied for the seat. She is expected to sworn in on Aug. 18, with her term running through November of 2022.

“I just am so honored to have been appointed to serve on the Arcata City Council," Matthews said in a city news release. "Every single candidate who participated in the forum was amazing and had such wonderful things to bring to the table, and I promise Arcata that I will do my due diligence to represent each and every member of the community. I am just so honored.”

Pereira stepped down last month to become the county’s Public Health director. At a June 24 special meeting, the city council opted to move forward with an appointment rather than hold a special election.

Last night's candidate forum is available online on the city's YouTube channel or by visiting cityofarcata.org.


Find the full release below:
Arcata, CA, July 29, 2021 – At the Arcata City Council Candidate Forum last night, the Arcata City Council appointed Meredith Matthews to serve out the remainder of Sofia Pereira’s term of office. Pereira officially stepped down from her seat on the Council on Friday, June 25 to take on a new role as Humboldt County’s Director of Public Health, and the Arcata City Council made the decision to appoint a new Council Member to serve the remainder of her term.

The Arcata City Council Candidate Forum provided the opportunity for the City Council and members of the public to get to know the candidates, and community members were able to submit questions in advance of the forum.

Of her appointment last night, Matthews said, “I just am so honored to have been appointed to serve on the Arcata City Council. Every single candidate who participated in the forum was amazing and had such wonderful things to bring to the table, and I promise Arcata that I will do my due diligence to represent each and every member of the community. I am just so honored.”

Matthews is expected to be officially sworn in at the beginning of the Wednesday, August 18th City Council meeting, and her term will end in November of 2022.

To watch a recording of last night’s forum online, please visit cityofarcata.org or visit the City of Arcata’s YouTube channel here. For more information and updates on City meetings and the Arcata City Council, visit cityofarcata.org or call (707) 822-5953.
Read Meredith Matthews' candidate statement below:
Meredith Matthews Candidate Statement

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