In order for things to change you must get involved and vote!
Three interestingly related political letters in the Times-standard today.
Kerrigan will help restore Humboldt’s balance:
“However, if you would like to see more balance on the board, someone who understands the need to preserve our open space and environmental resources, someone who understands the critical need to diversify our economic base in a sustainable fashion, and who is NOT beholden to any special interest groups, you should vote for Chris Kerrigan.” Claire Perricelli, Eureka
Feeling surrounded by Democrats:
“I have just received my sample ballot for the June 2014 election and am very confused…….. We need more conservatives elected to our government offices” Marilyn Keach Milota, Eureka
Only you can stop one-party rule:
“With less than half of the eligible voters participating, and half of the voting-minority determining election outcomes, only about 10 percent of the population is calling the political shots for 135,000 county residents…………..Local results are clear. Our elected offices are dominated by a cabal of speculator-funded candidates and their appointees exploiting public policy to enrich their contributors by ensuring that county planning, regulations, ordinances, goals and principles do not interfere with the next” George Clark, Eureka
Claire says we need Kerrigan for some balance. She’s right. With Chris on the Board it would shift toward the middle or just right of center. Marilyn feels surrounded by Democrats. In Eureka, she’s right. She is surrounded by registered Democrats by a large majority. However, a large portion of the majority Dems don’t vote. George points out it his letter 10% percent of the population is calling the political shots. That particularly holds true in Eureka elections.
We think we can break it down even further. It’s generally the poor and struggling middle class of Eureka that doesn’t seem to want to be bothered with elections. So the cycle of victimization perpetuates itself. Chris Kerrigan’s biggest adversary in this election is apathy! The wealthy and their “wannabe” followers will show up in force in the fourth district and Eureka.
Conversely, the less well off can barely be bothered with an election. A recent drive around Eureka shows this blatantly. The “Well to do” have lots of political signs on their homes and property. In the poorer parts of town, few if any signs for candidates are displayed. Feel free to take a drive around the Westside and check for yourself. Voter turnout in 2010 mirrored this same phenomenon.
Chris Kerrigan can win this but citizens have to actually mail in their ballots or go to the polls and vote. It’s up to you, the disillusioned, and apathetic 4th district voters! Take the time to take a stand and participate in this election. Low turnout only helps the local wealthy elite.