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Sheriff candidates to face off in debate

A debate between candidates for Del Norte County Sheriff will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at the Yurok Tribal Office, 190 Klamath Blvd., Klamath.

Apperson criticized for missing forums

After attending only one candidate forum during the primary, sheriff’s candidate Sgt. Erik Apperson has bowed out of another debate, resulting in its cancellation.

As a result, supporters of incumbent Dean Wilson are now questioning Apperson’s desire to be sheriff.

Supervisor Gitlin to host town hall

Del Norte County District 1 Supervisor Roger Gitlin will host a town hall meeting Thursday night.

'Taking Ownership'

Karen Sayer goes over the rules of the forum. Seated to her left is Rev. Dr. Paul Joseph Yang, a volunteer with True North Organizing Network who introduced the group to the audience, and youth members who posed questions to the candidates. Courtesy True North Organizing Network
A little-known community organizing network reintroduced itself to the community Wednesday by providing a second chance for Del Norters to hear from candidates for the local School Board.

True North Organizing Network, which has been in Del Norte County for more than three years, posed five questions to the candidates running for Areas 1, 2 and 5 of the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees and the County Board of Education.

NorCal sheriffs discuss jail issue

Sheriff Dean Wilson was joined by four Northern California sheriffs Saturday afternoon when he hosted a Northern California Sheriffs conference attended by more than 50 people.

Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter, Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey and Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey attended the event.

Council hopefuls delve into issues

How to address high rates for utilities and a sluggish local economy were the challenges posed to candidates for Crescent City Council during an election forum held this week hosted by the Del Norte Tea Party Patriots.

Topics included what role city government should have in boosting economic growth and quality of life for residents and questions related to the sewer and garbage utilities that some community members say are becoming unaffordable.

Sheriff hopefuls hash out platforms

The race for sheriff was summed up by the challenger as a contest between “experience versus change” at a Del Norte Tea Party Patriots forum for the candidates on Tuesday night.

Three-term incumbent Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson, who faces Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson in the November election, mostly spoke of his 12 years serving as the county’s sheriff, highlighting decreased crime rates and budget management as some of his accomplishments during his tenure. Wilson was elected to the position in 2002.

Degree not required of sheriff candidates

Del Norte County administrators plan to look closer at job descriptions for elected officials due to recent inquiries about whether Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson is qualified to run for sheriff.

County officials have affirmed that Apperson is eligible according to state code. 

Judicial candidates talk drug issues

Chris Doehle
Doehle, McElfresh dispute who has best experience at forum 

The two runoff candidates for Del Norte County Superior Court judge spoke to a crowd of 45 people at a Del Norte Tea Party Patriots election forum Thursday evening.

The incumbent, Judge Chris Doehle, and her challenger, local attorney Darren McElfresh, presented their arguments and qualifications and took minor jabs at each other’s qualifications in a 30-minute forum debate.

Board seekers outline views

Tea Party candidate forum covers range of school issues 

Candidates for seats on the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees met constituents and answered questions during a Tuesday night Tea Party-sponsored forum that mostly stayed in politically neutral territory but occasionally strayed into controversial issues.

About 50 people attended to watch the School Board hopefuls take turns answering six questions, written by a Tea Party committee, that covered general issues — like the candidates’ opinions and understanding of Common Core standards and the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) — to more politically charged topics like the new transgender student rights law that went into effect this year.

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