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From the campaign:
“You are invited to come down and talk with your District Attorney Paul Gallegos
Tuesday, April 13th
Garberville Civic Club
477 Maple Lane
Potluck dishes encouraged
Learn more about Paul, get inspired and get involved. Paul needs support from our community to win this election!
For more information contact:
The campaign headquarters: (707) 442-9600 or visit www.votepaul.org
Citizens for District Attorney Paul Gallegos 2010
321 Third Street
Old Town Eureka, CA 95503
For those of you who missed it, Daniel Mintz’ interview with Allison Jackson in last week’s Independent can be found here on at the Arcata Eye.
Mintz’ interview of Paul Gallegos of last month is also available.
And he interviewed Paul Hagen.
The Humboldt Sentinel covered Paul Hagen’s press conference of a couple of weeks ago. His supporters make some statements (including an amusing slip up early on), then the candidate spoke, and then answered questions from reporters. He addressed the Code Enforcement Unit at the end of the third clip.
Paul Gallegos recently issued a statement about his most recent sentencing.
And you can hear interviews (some of which have already happened) and candidate debates courtesy of CLMP. Here’s the schedule. The past shows should be available in the KMUD archives. Hagen’s was tonight. Gallegos’ was a week ago. Brysons’s was supposed to be last night, but it looks like that was moved.
For all the right reasons.
Can’t wait to see his endorsement for Assessor!
In a press statement published in the Arcata Eye.
As always, all campaign announcements from any candidate will be posted.
Mendo’s elections this year are also bound to be contentious, and their District Attorney race is no exception. I am informed that there are three candidates.
The incumbent is Meredith Lintott (the link is to her Facebook page, but I’ve subsequently located her official site) who was elected following Norm Vroman’s death in last election cycle. She is being criticized by Medical Marijuana advocates with regard to her policies, and some claim that she is pushing the marijuana prosecutions well beyond the public’s comfort level. She had promised leniency, but perhaps has come to view the subsequent passage of Measure B (which repealed elements of Measure G) in 2008 as a mandate for more aggressive prosecution of marijuana crimes. Although she is perceived by many as “conservative,” she emphasizes among her successes interventionist/community based comprehensive policies. Although all D.A. candidates have to make some lip service in that direction, she claims to have delivered on it. She also claims to have pursued environmental crimes and boasts success in negotiating a half a million dollars settlement in a case pertaining to the construction of the new Noyo Bridge (anybody with info?). She is backed by Congressman Mike Thompson among others. A curious name on her list is Michael Sweeney. Could he be Judi Bari’s ex-husband? According to her Facebook page she also likes to listen to Eric Clapton, and, well, she’s willing to admit she listens to Jack Johnson, for which she deserves credit for bravery.
Running against her is Matt Finnegan who worked under Lintott, but was fired (I don’t know why – maybe someone does?). His issues page contains many of the usual generalities and vagueness, but also some interesting clues as to his overall philosophy. On marijuana, he backed Measure B, and he adopts the safe position of promising to pursue trafficking for profit, grows on public lands, and trespasses onto private lands, while promising to honor Proposition 215 and deprioritize small time possession cases. He goes out of his way to emphasize transparency and accountability, and promises against “cronyism,” which leads me to wonder if those are going to be issues raised with his former boss. He emphasizes his support of gun rights, which might cost him progressive votes in other communities, but is unlikely to be an issue as even most progressives here tout what they call “rural values” which distinguish them from their urban progressive counterparts. And he throws the usual bones to progressives, again, by emphasizing interventionist approaches to law enforcement, promising to work with public defenders and substance abuse treatment advocates in a comprehensive policy. He also promises to work with judges to implement policies which discourage late hour settlements which waste the time of potential jurors on Monday mornings, but he is not very specific – triggering concerns for me that what he has in mind is sanctions for defendants who settle late and/or incentives for early settlement, thereby creating a negotiation disadvantage to defendants. I guess the big question he has to answer is why he is running against his former boss.
Also running is David Eyster who currently practices criminal defense in a private practice, but has been a “tough prosecutor” (no word as to whether he’s been a tough defense attorney”) in the past. Eyster has some endorsements (I don’t know any of the names) and a handful of “commendations,” the red flag for progressives constituting praise from Republican former Attorney General Dan Lungren (who among other things basically pretended that Proposition 215 never happened for the duration of his office). This Mike Geniella article on Eyster which is linked from the “news” page of Eyster’s site quotes Eyster as referring to marijuana as “the elephant in the room” neither of the other candidates will discuss. He then says, pretty much what they say, that he’ll respect Proposition 215 while prosecuting the profiteers.
So who is the “progressive” and who is the “conservative?” The labels might have some relevance in the Humboldt race. I don’t know that they’re at play in Mendo.
I did come across this handy link to the Anderson Valley Advertiser piece which reviews each of the candidates’ Facebooking. Are any of our Humboldt candidates Facebooking?
Thoughts from Mendo voters up on the race would be helpful. For instance – does anybody know why Lintott fired Finnegan?
District Attorney Candidate Paul Hagen will hold a press conference and reception on Friday, March 12th at the Eureka Woman’s Club at 1531 J Street. The press conference will take place at noon and the reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.
“I love Humboldt County and I want to use my proven ability and experience to protect Humboldt County’s future,” said Hagen. “I have a vision for how the DA’s office can serve the people and I look forward to sharing this vision with the citizens of our diverse communities.”
Hagen has worked as a deputy district attorney in four DA’s offices and has worked under seven elected DAs. He has put together environmental task forces and prosecuted crimes in Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, and Lake Counties.
“If I’m elected, I’ll set clear priorities for the DA’s office and provide support to staff to they have the direction and tools they need to deliver justice,” said Hagen. “We can make our Humboldt County communities safer by vigorously prosecuting crimes of violence, crimes against vulnerable people, and crimes against the public.”
Hagen invites citizens throughout Humboldt County to join him for his campaign kick-off this Friday at the Eureka Woman’s Club. The candidate will deliver remarks about his vision for the DA’s office and take questions from the press at 12:15 p.m. A meet and greet reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. to offer citizens an opportunity to talk with Hagen and learn more about his candidacy. Refreshments will be served.
Allison Jackson will announce her candidacy for District Attorney tomorrow, Saturday –March 6 at 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center. The Aquatic Center is located downtown Eureka at 921 Waterfront Drive next to the Adorni Center.
I’m told that she’ll be introduced by outgoing Supervisor Jill Duffy and County Administrator Loretta Nickolaus.
Rose has a post of course.
And the blogthing.
Addendum: So, will Paul and Paul split the progressive vote? Or will Paul, Kathleen, and Allison split the anti-Gallegos vote? The answer is “yes.” But it’s a run-off election (in theory), meaning that if nobody beats 50 percent two candidates will be on the ballot in November and based upon the current Secretary of State interpretation of election law, either of the other two, or anyone else for that matter, can run as a write-in in November.
From his website, his official announcement is underway in about seven minutes:
Friday March 5th at 12:15pm, there will be a press conference to announce Paul Gallegos’ candidacy for the Humboldt County District Attorney race. Former Assembly Member, Patty Berg, will make the announcement. The public is welcome to attend.
The evening of Friday March 5th is the Grand Opening of Paul’s campaign headquarters, “321 Gallegos.” Come down and meet Paul, enjoy appetizers, art work, music and libations. This event is from 5:30-8:30pm.
On Saturday March 6th, 321 Gallegos is having an Open House and participating in Arts Alive! Local artists Joan and David Dunning will be displaying their work. This event is from 6:30-9:00pm.
*All events will be held at 321 Third Street in Old Town Eureka.
As always, I am an equal opportunity blogger. Any campaign sending me an announcement gets free coverage here.
Paul Hagen makes it formal.