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Nicole Spencer, Media Coordinator 444-0407

Crawford Attacks Measure T While Calling for Unity Get Involved Today!

EUREKA - Those opposing Measure T (NOT) have come into the ring with fists flying.

Last week prominent, conservative businessman Rob Arkley Jr. called the measure "a hallmark of fascism" and called on county officials to "do everything in their power to keep Measure T from ever becoming law." In an interview with media this week, Chris Crawford, head of the Humboldt Business Council and spokesperson for the NOT campaign, called Measure T a "piece of shit" and demanded the proponents end their campaign and work with him for a $500 limit on all contributions.

"I'm sure the hypocrisy of Crawford calling for us to all get along while insulting us in the next breath is not lost on anyone," said Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Campaign Co-Manager for Measure T. "NOT has been campaigning for just over a week and they've already demonstrated they intend to run campaign based on name calling, lies and distortion. Let's have a civil debate on the issue before the voters. Or does the NOT campaign have to resort to name calling because they have no real arguments to make their case?" she said.

The Measure T campaign intends to keep their course. The group has a forum planned for this Tuesday, April 25, with John Bonifaz of the National Voting Rights Institute as a featured speaker. "John is an award-winning national expert on issues of campaign finance reform and a supporter of Measure T," said Sopoci-Belknap. "We look forward to bringing the public in on a conversation about the deeper issues of why Humboldt County needs Measure T."

The forum will be at the Labor Temple in Eureka (840 E Street) on Tuesday, April 25. It starts at 7:00pm and is free and open to the public. Other speakers include Sopoci-Belknap and District Attorney Paul Gallegos.

Both campaigns have been receiving a flurry of requests for debates and forums.  It seems clear that the two campaigns will be facing off many times between now and June. "We're happy to discuss the real issues, and we hope that the NOT campaign can keep the negative campaigning to a minimum," said Sopoci-Belknap.


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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

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