Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union
ARCATA – Arcata voters will have at least three choices, and maybe four, for the two open seats on their City Council this November.
Incumbents Mayor Sofia Pereira and Brett Watson are defending their seats, with their nomination petitions found sufficient this week. Just 20 valid signatures of registered Arcata voters are required.
Of the 27 signatures on Pereira's petition, 26 were valid. Watson turned in 30 signatures, of which 29 were valid.
Also qualifying for candidacy is Valerie Rose-Campbell, who had 21 valid signatures of the 23 submitted. Friday afternoon just before the 5 p.m. deadline, Ryan Dale turned in his petition with 23 signatures. Findings on the petition's sufficiency won't be available from the Humboldt County Office of Elections until until Monday or Tuesday.
Three others who had pulled candidacy papers but didn't turn them in were Lorna Bryant, Jolian Kangas and Joseph McKinzie.
Election Day is Nov. 6.