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All supervisor candidates to attend forum

All nine candidates seeking three seats as Del Norte County supervisors are expected to participate in tonight’s nonpartisan candidate forum at Mary Peacock Elementary School.

The forum starts at 6 p.m. and is hosted by True North Organizing Network and the Del Norte Triplicate. Candidates will answer two questions submitted by True North and others from Triplicate readers. Questions will also be taken from the floor during the event, which is expected to last about two hours.

True North will provide live translation into Spanish and Hmong during the discussion.

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Clear space in your schedule next week to meet the candidates in the upcoming primary election for Del Norte Board of Supervisors.

All nine candidates across three districts up for election June 7 will take questions from the public at a forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The event is co-sponsored by the Triplicate and True North Organizing Network. The former will receive questions submitted in advance to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and will screen questions presented on-site the day of the event. The latter has submitted its own two questions to all of the participating candidates and will provide live translation into Spanish and Hmong during the discussion.

Tribe endorses staffer for supervisor

The Yurok Tribe has endorsed Terri Colton for District 5 in the June 7 primary election for Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.

In a letter dated April 18, tribal Chairperson Thomas O’Rourke Sr. noted Colton’s “sophisticated understanding of economic developmental process on our Reservation and in Del Norte County.”

O’Rourke also cited Colton’s six years as assistant director of the Yurok Economic Development Corporation, as well as “demonstrated fiscal responsibility and accountability” with the Pem-Mey Fuel Mart, Redwood Hotel Casino, multiple RV parks in Klamath, and the tribe’s Fiscal Department.

Party lines clear in non-partisan race

Contrasting views at Tea Party forum

Candidates for the non-partisan county supervisor race were split along party lines on a handful of high profile local issues at Tuesday night’s forum, hosted by the Del Norte Tea Party Patriots.

Everyone agrees they’d like to see inroads made in routing U.S. 101 around Last Chance Grade. But the five-year plan promoted by District 1 incumbent Roger Gitlin and District 5 candidate Bob Berkowitz (both endorsed by the Del Norte Republican Party) is unrealistic, the Del Norte Democratic Central Committee’s choice candidates said.

The Democrat endorsees — Kathryn Murray, District 1; Martha McClure, District 2 incumbent; and David Finigan, District 5 incumbent — tended to emphasize the process that must be followed in order to fund, study and build the project.

Tea Party hosts candidate forum tonight

Candidates for Del Norte County supervisor will sound off tonight at the first public forum this election season.

The Del Norte Tea Party Patriots provided contenders with five questions in advance about recurring local issues such as Last Chance Grade and the airport, member Dean Wilson said.

“We’re not trying to have any gitcha-gotcha questions. They’re not going to be surprised by anything. There will be one based on the constitution."

Election ethics panel clears Berkowitz

Crescent City businessman Bob Berkowitz has been cleared of any election violations in his campaign for the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, according to the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

Berkowitz is running against incumbent David Finigan as well as City Councilor Kathryn Murray and Assistant Yurok Economic Development Coordinator Terri Colton to represent District 5. He was notified in a letter dated April 1 that the FPPC found him in no violation of the Political Reform Act.

The investigation, led by the FPPC’s Enforcement Division, was initiated after Kevin Hendrick, writing on behalf of the Del Norte Democratic Central Committee, filed a complaint with the FPPC in March requesting advice on what he thought to be an unethical mass-mailing sent by Berkowitz days earlier.

2012 voter turnout in Del Norte

With the June 7 primary rapidly approaching, voters and candidates alike could be interested in policies, tools, and data (both new and old) relevant to the upcoming ballots in Districts 1, 2, and 5.

Data from 2012 — the time of the most recent election to the districts of interest — show trends among voter registration relative to population, as well as voter turnout at polling places on election day versus by mail.

Among the three districts to vote for supervisors in 2012, registration relative to population ranged from 47 percent to 50 percent, and turnout among those registered ranged from 40-48 percent. In each case, roughly one-third of those to cast ballots did so at a physical polling place on election day, while the rest did so by mail.

Local GOP endorses supervisor candidates

“Imagine what it would be like for all five Supervisors to sing from the same page of music for a change. It’s truly an exciting thought,” said a press release from Del Norte Republican Party announcing their endorsement of three candidates for the June 7 primary election for Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.

The candidates are Roger Gitlin, Lori Cowan, and Bob Berkowitz for Districts 1, 2, and 5, respectively.

Speaking on behalf of the party, Craig Bradford said the organization saw “massive participation” from its membership during the month-long candidate interview and selection process. Bradford said each candidate had the opportunity to be interviewed by party members before the endorsements were public late Wednesday evening.

Del Norte Dems Endorse Candidates

The campaign crock pot is bubbling a bit more this week with ballots being finalized, voting machines getting tested, and committees coming forward with candidate endorsements. 

In an announcement yesterday afternoon, the Del Norte Democratic Central Committee (DNDCC) declared their endorsement of candidates Kathryn Murray, Martha McClure, and David Finigan for the upcoming primary elections in Districts 1, 2, and 5, respectively.

Local Democratic Party leader accuses Berkowitz campaign of hijinks

A leading member of the county’s Democratic Central Committee (DCC) alleges espionage and subterfuge among recent elements of the campaign of Bob Berkowitz, a candidate for District 5 Supervisor. 

As of Friday evening, former chairperson and longtime member of the Del Norte Democrats Kevin Hendricks is still awaiting reply from the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission regarding a letter sent out to county residents earlier this month by Berkowitz. 

The letter, postmarked March 9, speaks to an “illegal Fire Fee” imposed on residents of rural areas, noting “unethical” taxes of $500 or more on property owners in spite of the fact that they already pay for fire protection. 

The letterhead and signature identify the sender as Bob Berkowitz, of “LifeStyles Research Company: Community Service Division.” At the bottom, it states “this message has been brought to you as a public service,” and that “no government funds were used for any part of this mailing.”

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