From the Mateel Community Center:

What: Local Congressional Candidates Debate
When: Sunday, January 15th, 2012 / Doors at 2pm / Debate at 4pm
Where: Mateel Community Center
Tickets: Free Event

U. S. FlagAn opportunity to cooperate within the Southern Humboldt County area occurred between a variety of entities to create a platform for those wishing to represent our unique area inside Congressional District 2 to give their message of how best to serve us – their potential constituents.

After several months of preparation and germination MaidenHumboldt ( is proud to announce an organic and sustainable political forum at the Mateel Community Center ( in Redway California; Sunday 15 January 2012.

Beginning at 4 p.m., a three hour debate between all the FEC registered congressional candidates (currently there are nine) which will be moderated by Ed Denson and Eric Kirk local attorney’s at law with Jim Lamport of Lamport Paralegal as time keeper. We have asked Congressman Mike Thompson to attend and give his record of victories and defeats and hopefully some advice for those who seek to follow his footsteps as representative of our unique district. Although his response is positive towards his participation he will discern his availability as his schedule gets closer towards the debate date.

The debate is a live broadcast on KMUD radio ( as well as streamed live from links provided at A live call in talk show on KMUD moderated by Eric Kirk will preface the live broadcast taking call in questions for the debate. Questions for the debate can be sent to: or to the KMUD station for Eric Kirk via walk in or U. S Post anytime up to the day of the debate.

Doors to the Mateel Community Center will open at 2:00 p.m. for early birds to fill out question cards, fill their glasses, enjoy the music all the while scour the candidate and vendor tables. Local wine and other delish as well as having Margaret Lewis graciously offer to steer us towards an appropriate local chamber music ensemble lays the seeds for a delightful and thought provoking engagement between the candidates and the audience.

While making the necessary calls to bring the necessary voices to the table I was asked “…how could you possibly put this together? It would cost millions to do something like that here!…” The answer to that and many more, again – is trust and cooperation. It takes cooperation to pull something of this magnitude off and that is something that we have lots of inside Southern Humboldt County. Getting a variety of Board of Directors, attorney’s, sound crew, uncountable volunteers and the candidates them selves required cooperation. It is with great hope that regardless who wins the election they will take the spirit of local community cooperation with them to the Washington D.C. beltway.


Also, I will be hosting a radio discussion on the Congressional race and other election news on KMUD, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Call-in format as usual.

The debate itself will be aired on KMUD as stated above, and simulcasted on KZYX.


Addendum:  Stacey Lawson will be at a public “meet and greet” at the Kuhnel home in Eureka today.  Heraldo has the details.  I’m assuming that other candidates will be in town as well, and I’ll post the info as I get it.