Mad River Union
ARCATA – Of the seven individuals who took out nomination papers for Arcata City Council, four turned them in and three qualified to run.
This afternoon, City Clerk Bridget Dory reported that the Humboldt County Office of Elections had found that just 17 of the 23 signatures on aspiring candidate Ryan Dale's nomination petition were valid. Twenty valid signatures of register Arcata voters are required.
Appearing on the ballot will be Sofia Pereira, Valerie Rose-Campbell and Brett Watson.
Three others who had pulled candidacy papers but didn't turn them in were Lorna Bryant, Jolian Kangas and Joseph McKinzie.
Bryant offered a statement on her Facebook page:
"In September 2017 I began exploring opportunities for a seat on Arcata City Council. Unfortunately, I must announce my decision to suspend pursuit of a city council position. I have been looking forward to the opportunity to serve my community; however, I feel it is best I step away until I can dedicate my full attention to a campaign.
"My desire to serve the people of the City of Arcata and beyond has not diminished. I am resolute in my passion for this community and will remain engaged. I've been advised to refrain from commenting any further, other than to dispel any rumors.
"Thank you for your support."
Update: Said Ryan Dale on his Facebook page:
"First, I want to thank everyone who signed and considered voting for me.
"Only 17 Signatures counted, I needed 20. So I will run in 2 years. In the meantime I will try to get some of my better ideas on the city council agenda.
"... 5 seconds latter
"Although I could run as a write in candidate? I have until September 10 did decide, that is when I can pick up the papers."