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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)
James Faulk, Times-Standard
EUREKA — The first ever Times-Standard sponsored webcast debate features both sides of the initiative that seeks the ouster of non-local corporate money from local elections.
The debate, featuring Campaign Co-Manager Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap of the Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights and No on T spokesman Chris Crawford, took on many aspects of the proposed initiative, which seeks to ban contributions from non-local corporations to local political campaigns.
Moderated by Times-Standard editor Charles Winkler, questions were posed by both readers and a panel of journalists, including Kristian Leitzen of News Channel 3, Bob Doran of the North Coast Journal and James Faulk from the Times-Standard.
“Measure T will protect local control of Humboldt County elections by prohibiting political contributions from non-local organizations, political action committees, unions and corporations,” said Sopoci-Belknap. “Measure T is a straightforward solution to a very real problem in our community.”
But Crawford said the real issue is campaign finance reform, and Measure T does nothing to solve that problem.
“Measure T is not a fair and straightforward solution,” he said. “The purpose of Measure T is to favor certain groups in the community over others as opposed to a straightforward solution to campaign finance reform.”
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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Learn more about Measure T in a Pros and Cons Video, produced by Eileen McGee (51 mins)
Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights