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Virginia_Bass1Richard Marks reports rumors that Eureka Mayor Virginia Bass has changed parties and registered as a Democrat.

Other rumors floating around E-Town for the last many weeks have suggested  she will run against Supervisor Bonnie Neely — also a newly registered Dem — in the 2010 Supervisor race.

Who wants the Democratic endorsement for Neely’s seat?  Can we get a show of hands?

  1. Anonymous
    June 5, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    If Virginia is running, I will be voting for her and I have been a reg’d dem for 30 years. She is honest and smart. Neely will never get my vote. Ever.

  2. Anonymous
    June 5, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Bass changing parties? Something smells fishy around here.

  3. Anonymous
    June 5, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Bout as fishy as Neely switching parties?

    In Humboldt I am less interested with whether you have a D or R or G or L in front of your name. I do look at things like honesty and integrity as well as whether someone is really listening to your problems and has the ability to change their position if they are wrong.

  4. Anonymous
    June 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Unlike Bonnie who in the past voted a straight conservative/republican line and now votes which ever way the wind blows, Virginia has consistantly been a moderate who is willing to reach out to anyone willing to work together. Bonnie is toast if Virginia can be talked into running. By the way, great photo, can we include one of Bonnie as well? Just to help folks tell the two apart of course.

  5. Skippy
    June 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Eric Kirk stated on his blog that he’s got confirmation that this party switch is for real:

    June 5, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    You did notice that Richard called it a rumor?

    June 5, 2009 at 3:15 pm
    Eric Kirk
    I’ve confirmed it.


    Very interesting development. Looks like this race will be a real humdinger!

  6. average Eurekan
    June 5, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    “Virginia has consistently been a moderate . . .”

    – Attacked Peter LaVallee for his inclusive stance at Council in regard to equality for gays and lesbians, then structured her mayoral campaign around it.

    – Voted to kill the Master Plan for the Balloon Track at the behest of her buddy Rob Arkley, to preclude any other possible alternative for the publicly-zoned site.

    – Indicated that she “had sympathy” for the neighbors opposed to the Henderson Center cell tower, but said she ultimately supported Verizon’s right to build the tower, despite their permit violations and its prior suspension.

    This is moderate? Perhaps you are confusing her naturally sweet persona with her politics. Please show us one or more examples of Virginia EVER voting for a proposal which compromised the interests of the good ol’ boys who are her most ardent supporters.

  7. Skippy
    June 5, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    And so it begins…

  8. Skippy
    June 5, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    So who is actually in this Supervisors’ race so far?

    From what I’ve heard it’s:

    Already announced:

    Bonnie Neeley
    Jeff Leonard

    Rumoured to be considering a run:

    Virginia Bass (?)
    Nancy Fleming (?)
    Richard Marks (?)

    Do I have them categorized correctly? Is there anyone else?

  9. dog
    June 5, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Didn’t take long

  10. pete
    June 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I like Virginia. She’s pleasant and affable. But I fully agree with the Average Eurekan above that she’s firmly in the BIG MONEY/Good Old Boy (girl?) gang that has always ruled this city for its own best interests. There’s only one competent person on that list, Bonnie. It’s to be considered a good thing that her politics have become more moderate while her (former) party went shooting off to the right. What’s Virginia’s excuse. It appears doubtful that she’s become too moderate for the Reps.

  11. Anonymous
    June 5, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Richard makes an interesting point on his blog. Evidently Virginia changed parties months ago and didn’t make any kind of big deal about it, she just quietly went and did it before she or anyone else started talking politics and supervisorial races. Sounds like she just found a better fit, good for her.

    If she does run thats the kind of conviction I would like to see. If she doesn’t, I hope she will stay on as Mayor and continue to reach out to the public regardless of affiliation.

  12. average Eurekan
    June 5, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Chris Kerrigan would make a great mayor.

  13. Anonymous
    June 5, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Eureka will never elect the manager of the largest local pot dispensery Mayor. The issues with the grow houses that Kerrigan buys product from are too profound and far reaching to allow him to be electable irrespective of the job he would or wouldn’t do. Arcata might elect a grower/distributer, Eureka is not even close to there, at least not yet.

  14. Anonymous
    June 5, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    In your humble opinion.

  15. Anonymous
    June 5, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Compared to the lunatic right that passes for Republicans these days Virginia is somewhat of a moderate. But like Leonard she is firmly in the camp of the big money interests in this city. Because she will get a lot of that vote anyway this was a very clever move.

  16. Anonymous
    June 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Is there any truth to the rumor I’m starting… the one that says George W. Bush has switched from the Republicans to the Democrats. I heard he was sick of listening to Cheney.

  17. HumRed
    June 5, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Yea cause Chris has such a great record of accomplishments. Has not even declared and already the smear starts from the prog’s. You lost the cell tower and were wrong so get used to it, its over.

  18. uncle pete
    June 5, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Virginia is very sweet and nice, but very conservative. No way is she a Democrat. This all very calculated, she was talking about running months ago. She really does what shes told. I know she already has Rob’s backing.

  19. Anonymous
    June 5, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    And the big money camp doesn’t support Bonnie? Was that supposed to be a joke? She garners more money for her campaign from the big guys and changes her mind if she knows her vote at the Board of Supervisors will put her on the losing side. When have you seen Bonnie on a 3 to 2 side where she was one of the “two”? Probably never.

  20. High Finance
    June 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    If Virginia has switched to Democrat, I will NEVER vote or support her again.

    So let’s see, we have a basically conservative town & who is running to represent us as county supervisor ?

    Bonnie – Dem, Virginia – Dem?, Jeff Leonard- Dem, Richard Marks – Dem, Nancy Fleming – elitist snob.

    Isn’t there one freaking conservative Republican in the entire town who will take on these mushy panderers ?

    Imagine the primary, one solid conservative on one side versus 5 mushy moderate Democrats. The Republican gets into the runoff – Guaranteed.

  21. Anonymous
    June 5, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Times have changes, HF; your assertion that Eureka is a “basically conservative town” is outdated.

    Eureka is in the midst of a transition, and as we become more and more of a retirement community of bay area and socal transplants it will become even less conservative.

  22. Tom Sebourn
    June 6, 2009 at 1:09 am

    High Finance, Eureka voted to ban the military from recruiting to kids. Yeah, in a real sense, it’s basically conservative. Conserving the innocence of our youth.

  23. Anonymous
    June 6, 2009 at 2:09 am

    I have never forgotten a comment told to me by a Humboldter who knew I held a lot of far-left radical revolutionary-type views as a young man (this happened quite a while ago).

    He said most people start becoming conservative about the time they start having something to conserve.

  24. June 6, 2009 at 7:17 am

    “…most people start becoming conservative about the time they start having something to conserve.”

    Not all conservatives are that cynical. Some are principled.

  25. June 6, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Oh, what a tangled web we weave.

  26. gregconners
    June 6, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Welcome to the party, Madame Mayor.

  27. High Finance
    June 6, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Tom Sebourn, you are a victim of deceptive advertising.

  28. Anonymous
    June 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Virginia Bass won the race for mayor by about 60 votes. It was a popularity contest. She’s a homegrown girl whose family owned a restaurant for decades in Eureka. If the weather had been better on election day in 2006, or if the Dems had done a better job of getting their voters to vote by mail, the outcome would have been different. The only part of the vote that Bass won was the early vote by mail ballots. But it was enough to carry her through — by a hair. La Vallee beat Bass in votes cast at the polls on election day and in late-arriving absentee ballots. The local Repubs simply recognized the power and rising popularity of vote by mail ballots sooner than did the local Dems. But the Dems learned from that experience and have a plan for 2010.

  29. Eric Kirk
    June 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    If the weather had been better on election day in 2006, or if the Dems had done a better job of getting their voters to vote by mail, the outcome would have been different.

    Or perhaps if the progressive organization hadn’t split wide open in sectarian squabbling. But she might have won anyway. She drew many Democratic Party votes.

  30. June 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Vote Marks 2010. Registered Democrat since 1975. Through the good and bad times.

  31. High Finance
    June 6, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    At least Richard Marks is an honest Democrat.

  32. A Little to the Left, a little to the right...
    June 7, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Virginia DID change to democrat (I HEARD her tell someone recently) and I like her moderate approach. Unfortunately, the extreme right and the extreme left have just about ruined the two major parties for a lot of people who like the best philosophies of both and have no use for the worst of both.

  33. Questions
    June 7, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Day four & counting.

    But still no word from Virginia Bass about WHICH “moderate” Democrat policies she prefers over mainstream Republican policies.

  34. Anonymous
    June 7, 2009 at 8:34 am

    It would be very interesting to see if Virginia
    changed because Bonnie changed or the other
    way around?? Anyone know??

  35. mresquan
    June 7, 2009 at 9:17 am

    “But still no word from Virginia Bass about WHICH “moderate” Democrat policies she prefers over mainstream Republican policies.”

    I’ll assume that she may not have the time nor desire to keep up to date on the blogs.And I can tell that she doesn’t have the anti-homo bigoted agenda that seems needed to get anywhere with the local repubs.

  36. June 7, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Questions says-You are asking anonymously, therefore you don’t deserve an answer. Identify yourself and maybe someone will answer your question.

  37. Humboldt Politico
    June 7, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I can guarantee that 99.9% of the people who will vote in the upcoming Supervisor election are NOT paying any attention to this blog or any other – hell, they barely know there is an election for Supervisor next June nor do they care one year out – a lifetime in politics.

    What anonymous bloggers with no other life than trying to stir up trouble “request” of the potential candidate has no real world meaning to any campaign and can pretty much be safely ignored. It’s only arrogance and ego that makes them think they matter. I don’t. They don’t. But at least I know the difference.

  38. The Monitor
    June 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Virginia will be the most conservative Dem. ever. A moderate she is not. She was very upset with Mayor Lavallee trying to be more inclusive. She attacked him on his positions and barely won the last mayoral race. How in the world does she think she can win as a Democrat? Interesting that Bonnie switched too. What is the message here? Maybe Republicans are in trouble in Humboldt County after the last national election and the only way to win is to switch. As a Democrat, I find it rather two faced unless they have had an awakening.
    Somehow I doubt it.

  39. Questions
    June 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    It’s funny that “Samoa Softball” is demanding that “Questions” reveal his true identity !

    Monitor, is Bass “the most conservative Dem. ever”? What are her “conservative” positions ?

    She seems to be making a career out of being “nice” & standing for nothing.

    And no, she does not need to answer in the blogs. She needs to answer to the voters.

  40. ntheno
    June 8, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Mathew has a plan. He blogs here incessently to build up props for his wife. He told her to switch partys so she did.

    N the end, won’t matter. His plan is to transperent for even the village idiots.

    VB is a nice lady but has no legacy and no leadership ability.

    All of Mathews manuverings won’t put Virginia over the top against Bonnie.

    N fact i don’t think she wants to run, but he and his cronys want her to so she is.

  41. High Finance
    June 8, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    If it was his advice to switch parties, then she is an idiot for listening to him.

  42. Eric Kirk
    June 8, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Amazing how people will turn on someone on a dime for the slightest of transgressions.

  43. dog
    June 8, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Not transgressions Eric….purposeful suppositions on the part of the categorically obliged.

    Yikes…the spin cycle is in play early.

    But I have it on good authority that Bonnie, failed to return a library book on time in 1972. Talk about a breach of the public trust. In the same time frame, Virginia Bass spewed her used up double-bubble on the sidewalk. We can’t trust either of these women. They’re both a threat to the common good.

    I say vote for Heraldo. No record of crimes against the people or the state. Vote for the candidate with a “do” in the name. Because, we sure need something done here.

  44. Transparent
    June 8, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    ntheno-You are Barbara Leonard perhaps?

  45. Anonymous
    June 8, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Guys, do you realize that county and city government seats are classified non-partisan?

  46. Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Non-partisan only means there is no party primary. It does not mean the difference between Republicans and Democrats (okay, even Greens) magically disappears because it’s only a city election. Take a look at Tom Hannah’s My Wordin today’s T-S. He’s writing the same crap as Peter Hannaford did last week, all in the name of locking most people out of Eureka politics. If that’s not partisan enough for you, take a look at the “co-signers” of Hannah’s piece.

    Want Democracy? Show up tonight:

    “On Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. the Eureka City Council will hold a Town Hall meeting on proposed Amendments to the Eureka City Charter. The meeting will be held at the Wharfinger/Public Marina Bldg. located at #1 Marina Way in Eureka, CA.

    The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion. At the Town Hall meeting, the City Council will provide the community with opportunities to comment regarding potential inclusion of Charter Amendments onto the November 2009 general election ballot or future general election ballots.”

  47. June 9, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I agree with the Dog. Woof – Heraldo for Supervisor because there is a “do” in his name. Funny! :)

  48. longwind
    June 9, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Citywide districts are one of the most common means in America for thwarting popular representation. It was routine all over the South, to make sure the bad side of the tracks couldn’t win elections. But to be fair, it was the law in San Francisco too. Harvey Milk won his seat as Supervisor because the law was changed before his third run. It’s time here too.

  49. uncle pete
    June 9, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I agree, I think Virginia is not that enthused with running. It’s the money that is the big attraction. It would allow her to stop having to travel.

  50. Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 at 8:26 am

    She worked her butt off in her restaurant doing every job in the place. Say what you want but she is a hard worker who cares about her community.

  51. average Eurekan
    June 9, 2009 at 9:30 am

    What is mutually exclusive between being a hard worker and not wanting to travel?

  52. High Finance
    June 9, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    She worked hard in her restaurant and it failed. But she hasn’t worked hard in her city council office.

    So Matt, I know you read the blogs about your honey, when will you have her say WHY she switched? What “moderate” positions of the Democrats appealed to her? What dastardly positions of the Republicans turned her away ?

    Or was this all a calculated & principle less move to get elected & get her a big raise ?

  53. ntheno
    June 10, 2009 at 8:08 am


  54. June 10, 2009 at 8:56 am

    What party should someone join who is socially liberal (or progressive) but economically conservative? There used to be a significant wing of the Republican Party that filled this niche, but has not existed since the rise of the Reagan Cult.

    Such a person will not be terribly comfortable in the Democratic Party either. It points up our extreme need to move to multiparty democracy.

    have a peaceful day,

  55. June 10, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Yes, just as there are “libertarian socialists” there are also “progressive conservatives.”

    The political spectrum is a full 360 degrees, it is not just a 180 degree left vs. right. Let’s grow up.

    have a peaceful day,

  56. Anonymous
    June 10, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    You guys are cracking me up. Ya got “Bill the Hippie” butt slammin’ “Ntheno” and “High Finance”.

    It’s a long, long ways until the elections.

    Maybe in about nine more months we’ll all get some answers.

    Until then keep up the funnies.

  57. Reinventing the Wheel
    June 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Wasn’t it the hippies that conserved the peace in Vietnam, conserved the environment, conserved the timber resources, conserved the quality of the air, the water, the food, civil rights, sexual freedom, free speech, women’s rights, labor rights, etc, etc. etc,…?

    Turns out it was the republicans that were the radicals all along. No wonder they’re jumping ship.

    America has always been, and always will be a progressive nation. And this time we might have a leader. “Love it or leave it”? Virginia and Bonnie are showing their love.

    Will Leonard be next?

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