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Contact: Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights
Nicole Spencer, Media Coordinator, 444-0407

Signatures Verified - Local Control Goes Before Supes

Get Involved Today!EUREKA - This June Humboldt voters will decide if they support locally controlled elections.

Little more than one week ago, the Humboldt Coalition for Community Rig hts turned in 7,668 signatures to the Elections Office for the "Humboldt County Ordinance to Protect Our Right to Fair Elections and Local Democracy". In just six working d ays, the Elections Department verified the stack of petitions submitted and the Coalition was given notice that their petition has qualified for the ballot. This ordinance would prohibit non-local corporations from making financial contributions to Humboldt County elections.

"The simple fact that elections was able to verify a record breaking number of signatures, in a week, demonstrates what an organized effort this has been ," stated HCCR Campaign Manager, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap. "Our volunteers checked every petition before we submitted them and crossed out every single one that was filled out incorrectly. This Coalition has laid the ground work for a solid campaign and we expect a resounding victory come June."

The ballot initiative will now be brought before the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7 at the Courthouse. The supervisors have the option to place this issue before voters on the June 2006 ballot or pass the ordinance at the scheduled meeting. The Coalition wants Humboldt voters to decide. 

"Research shows that 78% of registered voters in Humboldt County believe that non-local corporate contributions threaten the integrity of our local elections." Sopoci-Belknap stated. "We have identified a very real problem and this initiative will help restore citizen confidence in the electoral process at the local level."

The Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights contacted Lindsay McWilliams, Humboldt County Elections Manager, for comment on this issue, but he is out of town until Thursday. For up to the minute campaign updates, visit

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Humboldt County Leaders Endorse Measure T!

Democratic Party of Humboldt County

Green Party of Humboldt County

Central Labor Council of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local #1684

Building and Construction Trades of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

Carpenters Union Local #751

Operating Engineers Union Local #3 AFL-CIO

Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney

Peter LaVallee, Eureka Mayor

Chris Kerrigan, Eureka City Council

Dave Meserve, Arcata City Council

Harmony Groves, Arcata City Council

Paul Pitino, Arcata City Council

Bob Ornelas, Former Arcata Mayor

Connie Stewart, Former Arcata Mayor

Elizabeth Conner, Former Arcata City Council

Julie Fulkerson, Former Humboldt County Board of Supervisors

... and hundreds of other individuals and local businesses! Join us today!

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Pros and Cons of Measure T

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