With the two challengers leading in the polls, it appears the Crescent City Harbor District Board of Commissioners is in for a change.

With two seats up for grabs, commercial fisherman Rick Shepherd was in the lead with 35.8 percent of the vote with Carol White coming in second at 31.92 percent out of 7,127 ballots the Del Norte County Elections Office counted as of 9:42 p.m. Tuesday.

Incumbent Ron Phillips came in third with 17.82 percent of the vote, while his colleague, Patrick Bailey came in last with 14.28 percent of the vote, according to the Elections Office.

White said the election results look promising for her and Shepherd, but noted that the harbor commission has "lots of work to do."

"I think the primary thing is getting our harbor back on its feet and making sure it becomes a really active place for the community," she said.

Shepherd, however, said he was more concerned with whether Measure C, a citizens initiative to increase the transient occupancy tax within the unincorporated areas of Del Norte County by 2 percent, would pass or not.

"We want that 2/3rds majority so there's no controversy," he said. "I was hoping it passes by 67 percent."

Phillips noted that with two new faces on the Crescent City Harbor District board it could cause a "real shakeup." Phillips said there hasn't been a commercial fisherman on the harbor board since Gary Young, but he had concerns Shepherd would have to recuse himself on a lot of issues due to a potential conflict of interest.

"I don't know if people thought about that," Phillips said. "We'll see. It'll be interesting the next two years."

Reach Jessica Cejnar at jcejnar@triplicate.com .

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