Linda Atkins and Melinda Ciarabellini win reelection?
That is unless somebody filed for candidacy by today’s deadline. Or unless one or both of them forgot to register, in which case somebody has five more days to file. Or maybe someone has signed up and Hank and Ryan have been caught sleeping. But usually you announce your candidacy before your paperwork gets reported in the press.
This is kind of surprising given the contentiousness of Eureka city politics in recent years. But Linda did very well in her run for the Democratic Central Committee, and perhaps her opposition (which has been very intense in rhetoric over the past couple of years) figured it was a lost cause. She is well organized and had a number of signs up all over the city on Tuesday, which was, I assume, the 90 day mark.
Melinda is the fourth ward representative, which is probably the most conservative ward and maybe it isn’t so easy to find a viable progressive candidate who lives there. On the other hand, a Eureka progressive activist recently told me that opposition to her has been blunted because, “as it turns out she’s the most reasonable of the bunch.” She was referring to the conservative majority on the Council.
I guess there’s a chance that nobody will vote for one of them. But presumably each will vote for herself and that is enough.
So congratulations to both candidates enjoying the smell of victory early this year.
Addendum: Somebody in the thread says that Linda has opposition. It’s getting a little late to build a campaign. Why the secrecy? I’m not an expert on campaigns, but I’m pretty sure secret election campaigns don’t work very well.
Second addendum: The Times Standard reports that Joe Bonino, a payroll tech for HSU, is running against Linda.