New era at the District Attorney’s Office
First off, Examiner staff would like to extend a heartfelt congratulation’s to the next incoming Humboldt County District Attorney, Maggie Fleming.
Fleming ran a campaign which brought in broad support from citizens of varying political persuasions. She is highly intelligent, and has a lot of experience. We are cautiously optimistic that she will bring in the much needed change to the DA’s office. The fact that she received such an overwhelming majority vote among a total of four candidates is encouraging; she shouldn’t be beholden to any special interests in the county. We hope that’s the way her tenor plays out, we will have to wait and see.
Fleming’s overwhelming win over what many pundit’s thought was a neck and neck battle sheds interesting light on the Paul Gallegos regime. For some reason, Firpo and her supporters thought that Paul had a large following and that people were very happy with his time in office. All of us on the Examiner staff were left scratching our heads. Not only was Paul an ineffective manager, but his time in office was filled with failures and outright corruption. The new EPD led “quasi swat” police force, under the auspices of being DA investigators, is completely entrenched within the office. In fact, they are heavily armed and the only part of the office that is fully staffed. Senior prosecutors have left in droves, and the office seems to be understaffed and primarily filled with in-experienced Deputy DA’s.
Why would Elan not distance herself from this office? We don’t know. However, it seems clear to us that Paul’s election victories, however slim the margins, seemed to create a false sense of support among the community. Sadly, Paul was initially elected with a mandate from the local progressive community that he failed to live up to. It started fairly early with the hiring of Tim Stoen (peoples temple), and probably had something to do with his close friendship with EPD “bad ol’ boy” Mike Hislop.
He won the next elections though. Why? Because more voters were willing to keep an ineffective DA than to hand the office to the far right-wing (Worth Dikeman and Allison Jackson). Better the devil you know….
Maggie’s victory has also come with a mandate; to do her best for all citizens of Humboldt. Good luck, Maggie!