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Mendocino’s Second District that is. Thanks to Ed for bringing it to my attention.
In the wake of the anti-G “backlash,” Dane Wilkins, directory of the Northern California chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, has thrown in his hat for their supervisor race.
He is a respiratory health care professional licensed by the state of California and has worked for Ukiah Valley Medical Center for around 10 years as director of disaster preparedness for the hospital’s Respiratory Care Services.
He assisted in organizing the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Great Peace March of 1986 from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. A member of Veterans for Peace, Wilkins served in the U.S. Army Presidential Honor Guard for three years during the Vietnam War.
Wilkins said one of the reasons he decided to throw his hat into the ring this time around was the controversy and confusion surrounding medical marijuana in the county and the potential repeal of Measure G.
“I obviously have mixed emotions about running for office,” he said. “What happened was over the last few months I’ve gotten calls at my business of people saying: What are the rules? We want to do this right.’ I’m OK for huge cannabis ventures, but they need regulation, legalization and taxation.”
He also wants to make clear that he isn’t a “one dimensional candidate” and he has positions on other issues as well. The Second District is primarily in Ukiah according to this map. He has a website.
Today was his last as co-host of Thank Jah It’s Friday, the “politically correct shock-jock” show on KMUD every Friday morning which I’ve heard gets the number one ratings on KMUD (don’t know how they measure that as Arbitron doesn’t do non-commercial radio, but I believe it). I tuned in just in time to hear his announcement (following some defensiveness from a caller about whether Ralph Nader is responsible for Justices Alito and Roberts). I’ll miss his humor, film reviews, and his calming voice. He’s a great guy all around and I’ve always had deep respect for him on the occasions that I’ve disagreed with him.
He said he will be doing another KMUD show, but I didn’t catch the time/date. It sounds like it’s going to be about accounts of spiritual/paranormal incidents. Will he be the progressive kinder and gentler Art Bell?
Thank Jah will continue in the meantime with Owl having various guests. Maybe it’ll be like the long auditions for Johnny Carson’s replacement?
Here’s an old NCJ story on the show.