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Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney (6 mins)
Kaitlin-Sopoci-Belknap, Campaign Co-Manager for Measure T (19 mins)
John Bonifaz, Attorney and Founder of the National Voting Rights Institute (17 mins)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2005
Humboldt Democratic Party and Elected Officials Endorse Local Ballot Initiative
Eureka - The Humboldt County ballot initiative to Protect Our Right to Fair Elections and Local Democracy has received hundreds of endorsements just one month into campaigning. The proposed initiative would prohibit non-local corporations from contributing to Humboldt County elections. The group has already collected 3000 signatures, over half the number required to be placed on the June 2006 ballot.
District Attorney Paul Gallegos agreed, "Our elected representatives need to be free to govern without threat or intimidation from outside corporations that have a financial interest in how local laws are written or enforced."
The Supreme Court has ruled that a community has the right to limit corporate participation if that participation is undermining the democratic process. Over one hundred community members from across the county have signed on to publicly support the ballot initiative, as well as a number of labor and other community organizations.
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!
Learn more about Measure T in a Pros and Cons Video, produced by Eileen McGee (51 mins)
Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights