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Former Wiyot Tribal Chairwoman to challenge Bohn for supervisor

Good news from the Lost Coast Outpost!

Cheryl Seidner of the Wiyot Tribe is stepping into the contest for First District Humboldt County Supervisor. Seidner will face Rex Bohn and the lesser known candidate, Annette De Modena in the June primary. Reports Hank Sims:

A descendant of an Indian Island Massacre survivor, Seidner is pretty universally respected and esteemed. She led the Wiyot Tribe during the time when it was winning the island back from the city of Eureka. At the same time, she’s never really taken any high-profile positions in politics outside that one. No one has much reason to hate her.

You can bet this is going to energize the Humboldt County left o’ center, big-time. Will that be enough?

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  1. mresquan
    February 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm | #1

    Fantastic!

  2. February 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm | #2

    Now that will be a contest.

  3. February 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm | #3

    Right On!!!

  4. February 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm | #4

    How do you spell r-e-l-i-e-f ?

  5. just middle class
    February 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm | #5

    Very late to get a campaign together with little time before the absentees come out, which will be propabley 60% of the vote.

  6. Carol
    February 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm | #6

    Yay! The best locals news in months!

  7. February 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm | #7

    well jmc, we’ll just have to work hard I guess :)

  8. Anonymous
    February 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm | #8

    You don’t know anything about her, and yet you run for it. Why not look at the unknown Annette, as well. Open your mind!

  9. February 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm | #9

    With three people in the race it will go all the way to November rather than a quick campaign that ends at the June primary.

  10. jmc
    February 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm | #10

    Three does nof make a Nov. race.

  11. Paul Wellstone
    February 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm | #11

    Anon 8:08, because Seidner actually has a chance to win. Sorry, Annette may be great, but the best person often doesn’t win, and never against a guy with a $100K (so far) bank acct. Annette was guaranteed about 25% of the vote simply because she isn’t Bohn. Thats not enough for people who want to prevent Bohn, and those who pull his strings, from buying the election.

    Not my district, but interesting to watch.

  12. February 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm | #12

    The final outcome will be decided in November, not June.

  13. Anonymous
    February 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm | #13

    Seindner is not a great choice. Nice lady but has no real chance. You libs must have promised her the moon. Rex is a great guy and will be a rep for everyone.

  14. tra
    February 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm | #14

    This is good news. I’m not against Bohn, but I have strongly disagreed with some of his positions in the past (for example WalMart and the CalPine LNG thing), so I’m glad that he’s going to have more competition in this race.

    And since Humboldt has an open primary in June, followed by a runoff in November (unless someone gets more than 50% in June), there’s no “spoiler” issue. Looking forward to a good airing of the issues and an exciting race.

    My guess at this point (and I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here) is that it’ll probably come down to Bohn versus one of the other two in November. However, it’s certainly possible that one of them (most likely Bohn) might win 50%+ in June, in which case there wouldn’t be a runoff in November.

  15. Anonymous
    February 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm | #15

    Rex sold his soul to the LNG people. He was willing to take a chance on having Eureka burn to the ground and a lot of us along with it. Anything for a buck, right Rex? A lot of local folks have not forgotten that.

  16. tra
    February 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm | #16

    And since November elections tend to have a higher turnout, especially since it’s a Presidential election year, that means that (assuming this race goes to the November runoff) the final decision is likely to be made by a larger portion of Humboldt County voters than it would if it was over in June.

  17. February 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm | #17

    Thanks for that clarifying point, tra.

  18. Anonymous
    February 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm | #18

    Never heard of her.

    HH you seem to be obsessed with Rex B.

  19. February 29, 2012 at 11:35 pm | #19

    Brace yourself, Anonymous. Candidates for public office will get occasional attention from blogs.

  20. SmokeMonster
    February 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm | #20

    Poor LNG got shot down everywhere,thankfully. They tried the Astoria,Oregon area after Humboldt and were smart enough up there to realize that no local benefit came from LNG only headaches associated with their security regulations,smart choice Rex.
    This guy is a phony and if you don’t want to play ball by Rex’s rules he’s an outright asshole. Typical salesman type with local roots and a degree in Bullshit.Great.

  21. March 1, 2012 at 6:40 am | #21

    Moment of silence for the right wing trolls Andrew Breitbart is dead…

  22. Gil Yule
    March 1, 2012 at 7:39 am | #22

    Yay! Someone I can vote for and still feel good about myself.

    I’m not at all sure how she will fare in an election up against the well-oiled, ridiculously over-financed Bohn machine but she would be the perfect choice to represent those of us who feel under-represented by the current ilk on the Board of Supervisors.

  23. 713
    March 1, 2012 at 7:50 am | #23

    “Rex sold his soul to the LNG people.”

    How much did he get?

  24. derchoadus
    March 1, 2012 at 8:35 am | #24

    1.59 and 9/10ths

  25. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012 at 9:08 am | #25

    What did you sell your soul for Larry?

  26. High Finance
    March 1, 2012 at 9:11 am | #26

    The race will be over in June.

    The vast majority of 1st district people have never heard of Seidner or De Modena. They will split the anti Rex vote and combined get about 40-45%.

  27. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012 at 9:17 am | #27

    100 K but I bet half has been spent on fancy advertising BEFORE the filing deadline. Talk about blowing your wad early.

  28. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012 at 9:19 am | #28

    Rex has no idea what he’s in for. The truth is, any solid candidate will have a great chance against Bohn-he’s hated in most of the community. His name brings the look of bitter beer face to most. Spend Rex spend!! It didn’t work against Chris Kerrigan, did it Hi-Fi?

  29. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012 at 9:27 am | #29

    Rex and Matthew Owen are spending like they had June in the bag! The longer this race takes, the more negatives will come out against Rex, and it’s going to get harder and harder to hide who Rex represents-the developers that are trying to stop the general plan update.

    Rex works for Fox Farm but is “ashamed” that the city of Eureka has even considered medical cannabis dispensaries(Take note Fox Farm)

    Rex supports the annexation of Cutten and Myrtletown, raising taxes on those residents, and bringing Eureka’s financial problems to all in the county.

    Rex claims that this supervisor seat is in representation of Eureka-the first district seat represents the county, not the developers of Eureka

    Rex supports off-shore oil drilling
    Rex supports a liquid natural gas terminal in our bay

    Rex just moved to the 1st district-he’s been Virginia and Matthew Bass’ neighbor in the 4th for years

    Shall I keep going? Still think he’s unbeatable?

  30. March 1, 2012 at 9:29 am | #30

    “…He was willing to take a chance on having Eureka burn to the ground …”

    Ok, maybe I’m not the guy to talk about extreme statements. But still; Mr. Bohn is a local that I don’t agree with politically, but let’s show him some respect in that I’m sure he wants what’s best for his community as he sees it. He has the track record to prove it.
    Yes, I’m willing to call people like Romney, Cheney and Newt; “traitors.” because that is what they are: “Job-Stealers” But you won’t find any traitors in small town America. Folks like Mr. Bohn have good hearts and they just happen to believe the way forward can be accomplished in ways that many progressives disagree with.
    I respect Rex Bohn. I hope he doesn’t win; but it will not be Armageddon if he does.

  31. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012 at 9:37 am | #31

    Rex LNG Bohn – need we say more? Po-of – Kaboom

  32. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012 at 9:44 am | #32

    Rex Armageddon Bohn-I liked that one and thought I’d add to the magic!

  33. A-nony-mouse
    March 1, 2012 at 9:52 am | #33

    AHA His initials, RB, are only one away from RA who, as we all know, loves to call the shots.

  34. Kerry Chrisigan
    March 1, 2012 at 9:56 am | #34

    Still think he’s unbeatable?

    Yes.

  35. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012 at 10:00 am | #35

    Rex thought he was unbeatable when he ran for city council, then he was crushed. I hope he still thinks he’s unbeatable!

  36. High Finance
    March 1, 2012 at 10:05 am | #36

    Rex has lived in the first district for decades.

    LNG support may have been a mistake but Rex’s support of good paying jobs is not. And LNG was 10 or so years ago.

    Nobody has donated as much volunteer time to the community than Rex has and Rex has been volunteering for at least 30 years.

  37. March 1, 2012 at 10:24 am | #37

    Rex had to move across the district line to run.

    He supports good paying jobs, alright – for himself.

    Nobody has donated as much volunteer time?

    Google Cheryl Seidner. Rex’s life just changed.

  38. Hmmm…
    March 1, 2012 at 10:35 am | #38

    Cheryl looks like a good candidate. Smart. Leadership in a (tribal) government setting. Educated. Open to the ideas of others. This could work! There have been others with names we might recognize considering throwing their hat in the ring but knowing they would be fighting an uphill battle for big funding to compete with a war chest like other candidates have already amassed. Perhaps the other Native American communities will find her worthy of thier support. I respect her for waiting until there was no hope of Mr. Smith running again before announcing her candidacy. Jimmy is leaving some BIG shoes to fill.
    BTW, this isn’t a Humboldt County race, only the first district. And the first district isn’t only Eureka. I just hope the Board of Supervisors doesn’t end up with a bunch of bobble heads (except Linda Atkins) like the Eureka City council.

  39. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012 at 11:20 am | #39

    Rex moved to the first district a couple of months ago, after the new district lines were drawn. That is fact. He lived in the 4th district, next door neighbor to Virginia, 4th district supervisor, immediately before that. Argue whatever you want, Hi-Fi, cause either way, it makes both of your candidates look like they are trying to pull something over on the voters. You can’t have both of these folks fully immersed in their districts if they are neighbors.

  40. Rock Anda
    March 1, 2012 at 11:20 am | #40

    Rex is just a soldier in the Arkley-Bass-Tyson gang.

    He just does what he is told, and the gang needed a candidate.

    He doens’t really want to go through this humiliation again.

    He is much happier supplying manure to our local pot industry.

    He is a good soldier. Bless him.

  41. Fact Checker
    March 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm | #41

    High Finance said:
    March 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

    “Rex has lived in the first district for decades.

    Nobody has donated as much volunteer time to the community than Rex has and Rex has been volunteering for at least 30 years.”

    Rex carpetbagged his way into the district in October 2011.
    Many people have volunteered as many or more hours than Rex. Rex does a good job at making sure his efforts are in the news. I know several people who do not want their causes associated with Rex because he high-jacks their cause and forces his way into photo ops. I know Rex, his ego is as big as any I have ever encountered.

  42. High Finance
    March 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm | #42

    Bullshit Factless.

    Rex has lived in the First District for decades. His move from Pine Hill into Eureka was still within the First District.

    He only moved to his present house in Oct when the district boundry lines were redrawn and his last house was changed to the Fourth.

    Jesus Factless, can’t you ever get your facts straight ?

  43. tra
    March 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm | #43

    Anybody know if there are any debates scheduled yet, and if so, when?

  44. Hmmm…
    March 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm | #44

    HI Fi, you are correct about Rex’s former residence being redistricted from the first district to the fourth district but I don’t think you know where Pine Hill is. His residence on U Street (just across the former district line from the Bass/Owen residence) is no where near Pine Hill.
    Not from around here? Bet you don’t say BOONER Street either.

  45. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm | #45

    New Hi Fi, old guy was an old boy, this one is a political plant. Either old HI FI got directed to do/say something and wouldnt, or didn’t have the heart for it anymore. Either way, the old Hi Fi had a soft spot, this guy’s a blogger.

  46. High Finance
    March 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm | #46

    Hmmmmm, are YOU from around here ?

    Before U street (where he lived for only a few years), he lived on Pine Hill for many years.

  47. March 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm | #47

    A five minute google search yields
    Ms. Seidner has served on the

    -Executive Committee for the National Congress of American Indians
    -Northern California Indian Development Council.
    -As the Executive Secretary for Indian Action Council of N. Western Ca.
    -Sacramento Area Vice President of NCAI,
    -Secretary for N. Indian Ca. Education Project,
    -Chairwoman for N. Ca. Indian Development Council,
    -Wiyot Tribal Chair 1998-2004
    -Worked unyielding toward the Repatriation of Indian Island
    -Is a Published writer and poet
    -Was Instrumental in bringing back the Wiyot young woman’s coming-of-age ceremony
    -A Staff member in the Educational Opportunity Program at Humboldt State for 28 years
    -Served as a mentor and a guiding light for thousands of students over her career
    -Served on Humboldt Bay Center of Sustainable living Board of directors
    -As a director for Redwood Community Action Agency Board of Directors
    -A Board Member for KEET TV,
    -Board Member for Humboldt County Historical Society,
    -AWANA Director.
    -Holds an Honorary PhD, Doctor of Humane Letters, for her roles as a visionary, a leader and community builder.
    -Small business owner, Tik Wolana Welth, “beads and things”

    whew!
    (five minutes!)

  48. Just Middle Class
    March 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm | #48

    She will make an interesting candidate and I am eager to hear what she says are the issues and why she is running. At this point I have seen no comments directly from her. She has very little time to get it together.

  49. March 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm | #49

    “Rex LNG Bohn – need we say more?” Anon 9.37

    How about- LP Pulp?

  50. March 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm | #50

    And the auction of the bought continues. Good job, Heraldo.

  51. Just Middle Class
    March 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm | #51

    Rex has attracted significant support and money because of his background and experience. It is unheard of to have over 1000 people show up for an announcement, as they did for Rex. He has raised over $100,000 and will be able to raise a significant amount more if needed. 2:45′s attempts to pigion-hole him will not work and these are “preaching to the chior” comments.
    If Cheryl is going to be a serious candidate, she has a lot of work to do, all of which is not recognized by the commenters on this blog. A campaign of this magnitude calls for a significant amount of orginization and at this late date a significant amount of money. But absent any statements from the candidate, we do not know where she is on why she is running and what she wants to accomplish. If she does not make that clear immediately, she is doomed to playing catch up.

  52. Sad Buddrew
    March 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm | #52

    As was mentioned here a couple of months ago, a talking horse could beat Rex.

    Now that he has a real credible human opponent he is doomed. Waste however hundreds of thousands you want to, it won’t help.

    This woman has real accomplishments. It is Bohn who has to play catch up now.

  53. Just Middle Class
    March 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm | #53

    Sad, sad comment, and not true, but if you believe it!

  54. High Finance
    March 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm | #54

    Poor old Sad or whatever name he will use next hour.

    Apparently you missed the fact THAT OVER 1,000 PEOPLE CAME TO HIS ANNOUNCEMENT KICKOFF AT THE REDWOOD ACRES.

  55. Eric Kirk
    March 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm | #55

    Rex supports the annexation of Cutten and Myrtletown, raising taxes on those residents, and bringing Eureka’s financial problems to all in the county.

    I’m for that too, or at least the annexation part. It really doesn’t make sense that either of them aren’t part of the municipality.

  56. Giggles
    March 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm | #56

    Yes 1,000 people went to the kickoff… there was Nothing Else to Do!

    Remember that in November 2011, 1,125 people voted just in Ferndale. One thousand is nothing, and nothing counts except election day results.

  57. High Finance
    March 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm | #57

    And how many came to YOUR campaign kickoff Giggles ?

  58. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm | #58

    Kinda funny, Rex works at Fox Farm selling soil that people use to grow POT. The local pot growers are becoming increasingly uptight with the fact that Rex is dipping from both sides and could be making decisions about POT issues. The local political special interests are getting scared thinking Rex is a ticking time bomb with rumors that Rex’s son is also growing? WOW, some weird stuff around here?

  59. Another
    March 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm | #59

    JMC says “But absent any statements from the candidate, we do not know where she is on why she is running and what she wants to accomplish.”

    Hell, Rex started months ago and he still hasn’t said what he is running on.

    June is three months away. Most people don’t tune into a campaign until a few days before going to the polls, if they even go to the polls in June. The push for really long campaigns just ups the ante. Six figure price tags for small county supervisors campaigns are ridiculous.

  60. Sad Buddrew
    March 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm | #60

    He’s gonna run on JOBS JOBS JOBS just like everyone else has for the last five years. How is that working?

  61. A-nony-mouse
    March 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm | #61

    If I read the paper right, Cheryl just announced yesterday and already JMC wants full campaign statements and position papers (none of which Rex has provided either). Give it a chance to play out. Rex isn’t such a bad guy but he’s a gold-plated opportunist. I get nervous putting those kind of guys in positions of power. Cheryl can match and better him in a toe to toe match on voluteering and administrative experience. Should be interesting, eh?

    Oh yeah, when redistricting puts you in a new district, you’re supposed to pay attentiuon to the NEW one aren’t you? Instead, Rex jumps the line to maintain some kind of good old boy connection to his old haunts. He was NEVER in the mainstream of the First, living on the very edge. Now, instead of accepting the new lines, he actually moves in a desparate attempt to get a real job. Pretty lame.

    And HiFi, the name is pronounced BOO-ner, like Kennedy used to say Americ-er. It’s a New England thing, I think. r

  62. local trucker
    March 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm | #62

    By the way, does anyone know what Rex is up to in Oregon all the time? I pass him on 199 at least twice a month.

  63. Guest
    March 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm | #63

    Grants Pass Walmart

  64. High Finance
    March 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm | #64

    Mouse, have you been listening ?

    Rex lived in the First District on Pine Hill for decades. He then moved into town but was still in the First district.

    As a result of redistricting, his residence was changed to the Fourth and when he & his wife moved they remained in the First district.

    The vast majority of the residents of the First District live in Eureka or in the immediate area on the south side of Eureka. Rex never lived on the “fringe” of the First but smack dab in the middle of where 90% of the First district voters live.

  65. Jr
    March 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm | #65

    No, he is there for Big Lots.

  66. Anonymous
    March 2, 2012 at 1:02 am | #66

    How many of “the 1,000 people” who showed up did so because their employers would have fired them if they didn’t?

  67. 713
    March 2, 2012 at 6:21 am | #67

    I would say “zero”. Everybody seemed to have a real good time, I didn’t notice any people that appeared to be under duress.

  68. Seriously Now
    March 2, 2012 at 7:23 am | #68

    Yup. There may have even been a few 1st District voters…

  69. Anonymous
    March 2, 2012 at 8:22 am | #69

    How funny. George Clark and Richard Salzman running their mouths about nothing. Most of you on here have no clue as to whats going on politically in Humboldt. Just think your max head. The big deal today is T/S is up to 75 cents. Less paper, more money. Kind of like your new candidate.

  70. March 2, 2012 at 8:56 am | #70

    I am glad there is someone I can vote for in this race. Ms. Seidner has my support.

  71. March 2, 2012 at 8:56 am | #71

    How many of “the 1,000 people” who showed up did so because their employers would have fired them if they didn’t?

    And how many more would have shown up had they remembered or didn’t have other things to do?

  72. Anonymous
    March 2, 2012 at 9:00 am | #72

    Most of the residents for the first district are not in Eureka, FACT. Keep thinking that way, hi fi, and this will be an easy election for Rex to lose.

  73. Just Middle Class
    March 2, 2012 at 9:04 am | #73

    No matter how you try to frame it, no past campaign in Humboldt County has had over 1000 people show up for a kickoff. Actually all of the negative spin is good for Rex, and I hope you really belive what you are saying. Just keep up being like that, that is very good for Rex!

  74. Anonymous
    March 2, 2012 at 9:16 am | #74

    JMC = MB

  75. Just Middle Class
    March 2, 2012 at 9:41 am | #75

    MB?

  76. retired guy
    March 2, 2012 at 10:05 am | #76

    Don’t forget, Rex was for the Cal Pine deal. Enough said.

  77. March 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm | #77

    There are a lot of Hispanics in the First District who are not registered to vote, who I know would like to vote for Ms. Seidner. Ms. Seidner, I would like to contact you about conducting a voter registration drive to register Hispanics in Ferndale and Eureka and around Fortuna.

  78. Harold Knight
    March 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm | #78

    “…we do not know where she is on why she is running and what she wants to accomplish. If she does not make that clear immediately, she is doomed…”

    Hilarious!

    And still, no one knows where Rex stands on anything, no vision, no leadership, no ideas, just the inevitable dodge of his LNG debacle, (“just tryin to get jobs here”), his support of a corporation Eureka voted against, (“just tryin to get jobs here”…) his support for undefined “growth”, (just tryin to get jobs here…”).

    If a supervisor’s race were EVER about volunteerism, Verbana, or Betty Chin would be shoe-ins!

    Eureka, and Humboldt County deserve far better than “whatever jobs we can get and to hell with the public costs”.

    This out-dated good old boy agenda gave native populations the boot, turned our entire bay into a brownfield, plopped a nuke on an earthquake fault next to an elementary school, flooded the local economy in poverty-wage big boxes while building big home subdivisions beyond infrastructure limits…handing the bill to local residents who can’t afford those homes!!

    The 1,000 greedheads seeking solace at Bohn’s announcement are easily called-out by the mess they’ve left behind, and the mess they’ve desperately continued by dominating local campaign contributions.

  79. Percy
    March 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm | #79

    I think it’s time for a pot candidate. They are the true silent majority in this county. Even if they don’t pay taxes directly the money that they put into this economy and jobs they create would dwarf the efforts of the reigning numbskull elite in this county and their idiotic trickle down mentality. Lets have an advocate for pot and dispensaries run on greasing the skids for the mj industry the way the good ol boys push the developers agenda.

  80. March 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm | #80

    I doubt that the “pot” crowd constitutes a majority. They’re a lot like the Tea-Party; having the camera on them makes them look larger than they are.

  81. Help Cheryl Win
    March 3, 2012 at 8:09 am | #81

    Contributions for Cheryl Seidner’s campaign may be sent to
    Seidner for Supervisor 2012, P.O. Box 6451, Eureka CA 95502.

    Please help. Thanks!

  82. Eric Kirk
    March 3, 2012 at 11:41 am | #82

    There are a lot of Hispanics in the First District who are not registered to vote, who I know would like to vote for Ms. Seidner. Ms. Seidner, I would like to contact you about conducting a voter registration drive to register Hispanics in Ferndale and Eureka and around Fortuna.

    This has been discussed for some years now in progressive circles. It’s potentially a sleeping giant which, when awakened, could potentially turn Humboldt politics inside out countywide and in the municipalities.

  83. Anonymous
    March 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm | #83

    If any city, state, or national political big-wigs decided to launch a door-to-door education/registration drive, (what republicans and corporate democrats have always feared), progressives would have their Renaissance.

    One year before Ronald Reagan took office, Jimmy Carter warned the public that only 25% were actually voting.

    Local dems should get off their butts and focus all their attention on door-to-door registration so that they no longer have to find candidates that appeal to our development community oppressors.

  84. Anonymous
    March 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm | #84

    Bullshit 1236. Local progressives found just how far in the minority they in the november 2010 when middle of the road voters got organized and voted. Eureka spoke loudly and clearly.

  85. Anonymous
    March 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm | #85

    Bullshit 1244.

    The only thing that’s “loud and Clear” is the 2010 U.S. Census, (unchanged for a generation) showing that merely half the eligible voters are registered!

  86. Anonymous
    March 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm | #86

    Bullshit 106 – you make a bogus assumption when you are counting on unregistered voters skewing to one side of the other. Let’s talk aobut people who actually voted, and the ass kicking that progressive stalwarts Bonnie Neely and Larry Glass received at the polls.

  87. Meme Re
    March 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm | #87

    …and let’s talk about the lies used to defeat Larry and Bonnie…

  88. Anonymous
    March 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm | #88

    You mean like mailing phony endorsements to absentee voters?

  89. Anonymous
    March 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm | #89

    Sour grapes, Meme Re, sour grapes. How do they taste?

  90. Eric Kirk
    March 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm | #90

    If any city, state, or national political big-wigs decided to launch a door-to-door education/registration drive, (what republicans and corporate democrats have always feared), progressives would have their Renaissance.

    I used to believe that. And then came the Grey Davis recall election with record turnouts. We know how that went.

  91. March 4, 2012 at 7:20 am | #91

    “How many of “the 1,000 people” who showed up did so because their employers would have fired them if they didn’t?”

    In America? Small business owners are going to fire their employees because they don’t support the boss’s candidate? No way pal. Not only is the idea paranoid, but can you imagine the lawsuit? I can agree that there probably are unseen pressures in certain workplace environments; but I doubt it’s that overt in small business. I think most people in the middle-class (my opinion) treat politics the same way they choose their cars; to each his own.
    Now if the employer was very political active, and the employee was super active; then maybe the boss might try to exert pressure…but still, it’s damn un-American and very dangerous to the boss in question…”Hello? ACLU, boy do I have a case for you……”

  92. March 4, 2012 at 7:22 am | #92

    Hey! Someone stole my ‘Avatar!’ Where’s my wizard?

  93. March 4, 2012 at 8:22 am | #93

    8:53 misuses the term “sour grapes”, which refers to pretending not to care for something one does not or cannot have–like brains.

  94. Anonymous
    March 4, 2012 at 8:37 am | #94

    MMMM, more sour grapes…yummy

  95. Anonymous
    March 4, 2012 at 11:45 am | #95

    Eric Kirk says:
    March 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    “I used to believe that, (educating and registering voters would deliver a progressive Renaissance), and then came the Grey Davis recall election with record turnouts. We know how that went”.

    Grey Davis had the misfortune of initiating a $25 billion suit against ENRON, and others for gaming CA ratepayers. The bottomless media wrath was memorable. Once in office, Arnold Schwarzenegger settled the suit for pennies on the dollar and the public remains ignorant of the entire debacle.

    The local democratic party hasn’t canvassed to educate and register voters in living memory.

    The same is true nearly everywhere else.

  96. Anonymous
    March 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm | #96

    “The local democratic party hasn’t canvassed to educate and register voters in living memory.”

    No, the moderate majority finally woke up in November 2010.

  97. Eric Kirk
    March 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm | #97

    Grey Davis had the misfortune of initiating a $25 billion suit against ENRON, and others for gaming CA ratepayers. The bottomless media wrath was memorable. Once in office, Arnold Schwarzenegger settled the suit for pennies on the dollar and the public remains ignorant of the entire debacle.

    Point is, we had the largest turnout, in excess of 60 percent I believe, that we had had in decades, and they voted for Scwharzenneger over Bustamente. And Camejo.

  98. Ken Lay
    March 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm | #98

    And Gary Coleman. Arnold just had more star power. Davis was so bland that milktoast would beat him up.

  99. Another
    March 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm | #99

    Cheryl Seidner has a very good chance of winning. She has experience with governing, she is rooted in the community, is capable and smart. She will be a wise leader, not beholding to the good old boys.

  100. Owlboy
    March 5, 2012 at 8:07 am | #100

    You have to be kidding. What experience or leadership roles. she has been on a bunch of two-bit boards. Never in any real leadership positions. Rooted in what community. 95% of 1st district has never heard of her, even with tricky dick blogging under 40 different names she has no chance.

  101. Anonymous
    March 5, 2012 at 8:09 am | #101

    She is a lovely and laudable woman whose skills simply don’t jibe with the job.

    What Cheryl has experience managing/governing/representing is a sovereign nation which gives her NO REAL WORLD experience.

    Amusing to think of her trying to apply what she knows about “getting things done” to slogging through the boatloads of county bullshit the likes of what’s generated by KIrk Girard.

  102. Just Middle Class
    March 5, 2012 at 8:32 am | #102

    Two weeks before her sign-up she talked to someone and did not know who was running in the district, but when told that Rex was running she said she liked him. Go figure.

  103. High Finance
    March 5, 2012 at 8:50 am | #103

    Actually that is good news JMC.

    Having two people run for office that actually like each other would be a relief compared to the awful display the Republican four presidential candidates are doing at the national level.

  104. Carol
    March 5, 2012 at 10:04 am | #104

    Just a reminder, so far there are now 3 candidates running for 1st district, not just two. Let’s not forget anyone here. And there is just over one more week until the filing deadline. So who knows? Maybe someone else will throw their hat into the ring.

  105. Just Middle Class
    March 5, 2012 at 10:18 am | #105

    Carol, no serious candidate would wait this long since there is little time until the absentee ballots are out which is going to be over 60% of the vote.

  106. Carol
    March 5, 2012 at 10:28 am | #106

    You never know, anonyomus. Did you know a week ago that Cheryl was going to run?

  107. Fact Checker
    March 5, 2012 at 11:02 am | #107

    Just Middle Class says:
    March 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

    “Carol, no serious candidate would wait this long …”

    Now we know who is serious and who is not serious.

  108. Another
    March 5, 2012 at 11:53 am | #108

    Owlboy- Don’t swallow your pellets, boy! And get a clue. Tribal Chairman for 12 years, dealing with other governments, both local and state is not a leadership position? Many would disagree.

    From the CA State University website: “Ms. Seidner is a visionary, a leader and a community-builder.”

    You ask, What community? You can’t be serious. Where are you from, Owlboy?

    Experience in government, honorary Doctorate, small business owner, serving on various boards, all these qualifications make Cheryl the best choice.

    What experience in government does Rex have? How does his experience as auctioneer and baseball coach make him better qualified to govern?

  109. High Finance
    March 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm | #109

    Rex was a Redwood Acres Fair director for many years (appointed by the Governor) and served as board president for five of those years.

  110. Anonymous
    March 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm | #110

    “Point is, we had the largest turnout, in excess of 60 percent I believe, that we had had in decades, and they voted for Scwharzenneger over Bustamente. And Camejo.” (Eric Kirk).

    No Eric, the point is that a 100% turnout would mean that only 50% of the eligible voters participated! The other half are unregistered!

    If only half of the eligible citizens are registered, then a 60% turnout represents only 30% of eligible voters…. and a little over half of them voted for Schwarzenegger!

    Thus, about 20% of eligible voters voted for Schwarzenegger. (“Mandate my ass”).

    All Cheryl has to do is put herself in a good TV ad with her extraordinary accomplishments and public service record. Being a Native American with her record of success and responsibility will have a profound impact on Humboldt’s discouraged and cynical non-voters.

    Common sense would have the local democratic party anxiously taking Cheryl’s flier door-to-door to motivate the silent majority to register….something they’ve never done before.

    After 4 years of economic collapse, with no end in sight, Cheryl’s long career advancing the opportunities of the less-fortunate, and her experience working with public budgets put her over-the-top.

  111. Fact Checker
    March 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm | #111

    High Finance said:
    March 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    “Rex was a Redwood Acres Fair director for many years…”

    What is this? Election by résumé? Or election for vision? So what if Rex has made it his mission to build his résumé? Someone who understands respect for all, the importance of education, can demonstrate selflessness, etc. All these qualities are more important than Rex and his self-absorbed super-ego.

  112. tra
    March 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm | #112

    HiFi said:

    “Having two people run for office that actually like each other would be a relief compared to the awful display the Republican four presidential candidates are doing at the national level.

    It seems like, in general, local candidates tend to behave in a more friendly (or at least civil) manner towards their opponents, whether they like each other or not. I think that’s due in part to the fact that, win or lose, they all still have to live in the same relatively small community.

  113. Michael Heumann
    March 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm | #113

    Couldn’t agree more, Tra.

    Could be why Bonnie Neely just took a political consulting job in Sacramento to assist developers getting their projects through the California Coastal Commission.

    http://www.nossaman.com/bneely

    It’s tough when you are a pariah in your own small community.

  114. Jed Smith
    March 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm | #114

    tra, Del Norte County is the exception to your rule

  115. Clarke
    March 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm | #115

    Losing by 700 votes after 26 years makes one a pariah? Nah.

  116. Harold Knight
    March 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm | #116

    Still waiting for Virginia Bass to announce her voluntary pay-reduction…and term limits…since they played big in her campaign criticism of Neely.

  117. Anonymous
    March 7, 2012 at 7:41 am | #117

    It’s not “too late” to start a campaign. Gallegos’ first campaign in 2002 was 60 days from when he started in Jan. to the election held in March that year. I think Heraldo is right that with 3 in the race there is a good chance of a November run off. I hear the Republican woman has been playing very well down in the Petrolia area. BTW, anyone know if Rex re-registered as a Decline to State before he filed?

    Rex is certainly not a policy wonk type of person. Having held blue collar jobs may give someone “real life” experience, but it is far from the qualification one would want in a County Supervisor. Some might say he lacks intellectual curiosity. Doesn’t mean he’s not a nice guy, just not a big thinker. He’ll have a tough time if they let him in the debates, but my guess is they won’t.

    Still, I would never want to overestimate the electorate and certainly not the percentage of the voters that live in Eureka, …not after the last election.

  118. Jim White
    March 7, 2012 at 11:41 am | #118

    Anyone living here over a generation understands just how average our representatives always are, coming from average backgrounds, with average life experiences…a fisherman, an insurance agent, a Realtor, a public employee, a legal aid, a waitress…

    How ridiculous it reads to compare the “credentials” of most of them!

    However competent, credentialed, or average they may be, local Democrat challengers are held to a higher standard, and our “community” media never asks who’s always behind our average right-wing winners and why.

    Cheryl’s achievements, background, experience, and career far exceed that of her rival…this will cause the development community to dump many more tens of thousands of dollars into Bohn’s campaign.

    Good.

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