Wanted: A couple hundred good candidates

Jack Durham
Mad River Union

HUMBOLDT – Candidates are needed for more than 200 open seats up for grabs Nov. 3 on the boards of schools and special districts throughout Humboldt County.

There are several races in which the seats held by board majorities are open, meaning that power structures could shift in communities if residents so desire – assuming there are enough candidates willing to run.election

For example, there are three open seats on the five-member Manila Community Services District Board of Directors. There are also three seats – a board majority – open on the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District. There are many more scattered throughout the county, including the McKinleyville Union School District, which has four of its five seats up for grabs.

Special Districts

• Big Lagoon Community Services: Three seats are open, including two four-year seats now held by Barbara Halton-Subkis and Jon Spillers. A third two-year seat, now vacant, is also open.

• Fieldbrook/Glendale Community Services:  There are two four-year seats open, now held by James Crowell and Richard Grissom.

• Humboldt Community Services: Four seats on the board are open. Three four-year seats are now held by David Saunderson, Frank Scolari and David Tyson. A single two-year seat is held by Gregg Gardiner.

• Manila Community Services: Three four-year seats are open, which are now held by Janette Bramlett, Joy Dellas and Salena Kahle.

• McKinleyville Community Services: Two four-year seats are open, now held by John Corbett and Helen Edwards. The MCSD is Mack Town’s de facto city council.

• Orick Community Services: Four out of five seats are open in the burly berg. There are three four-year seats held by Ronald Barlow, Byron Frick and Bobby Secor. There’s a single two-year seat, now vacant.

• Patrick Creek Services: There are two four-year seats open, now held by Jerry Fowler and Judy Webb. This little district serves residents on Patrick Creek Road above Clam Beach.

• Westhaven Community Services: Three four-year seats are open, now held by David Hankin, Gregory Smith and William Verick. The WCSD provides water to residents of the artsy enclave.

• Arcata Fire Protection District: There are two four-year seats open, a Division 1 seat held by Dennis Lindstrom and a Division 3 seat held by Stephen Tyler. Division 1 is roughly McKinleyville north of Hiller Road. Division 3 is a funky swath that runs from the Arcata Bottom, includes parts of northern Arcata and parts of West End Road. Visit arcatafire.org and click on “Board of Directors “to find a map.

• Blue Lake Fire Protection: A total of four seats are open. There are three-four year seats now held by Randal Johnson and Patrick Lynch, with one seat vacant. There’s also a vacant two-year seat.

• Humboldt No. 1 Fire Protection: There are four open seats. Three four-year seats are open, now held by  John Crumley and  Joann Gath, with one seat vacant. There is also an open two-year seat, held by Kirk White. The district represents the unincorporated areas outside Eureka. It has a joint powers agreement with the City of Eureka to operate Humboldt Bay Fire.

• Kneeland Fire Protection: There are four open seats. Two open four-year seats are now held by Michael Davis and Elizabeth Watson. Two open two-year seats are held by Lindsay Green and Robert Phipps.

• Samoa Fire Protection: Three four-year seats are open, now held by Hal Grotke, Troy Nicolini and Lia Stoffers.

• Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation: There are three open seats – Division 1, held by Aaron Newman, Division 2, held by Gregory Dale, and Division 5, held by Patrick Higgins. All are four-year terms. The divisions have the same boundaries as the supervisorial districts.

• Northern Humboldt Parks & Recreation: There are four open seats. There are three four-year seats now held by Ron Fritzsche, Michael Morrison and Jan Ross. There is one two-year seat held by JoAnne Joy.

• Jacoby Creek County Water: There are two open four-year seats held by Sam Rich and Bruce Young.

School Districts

• Arcata School: There are two open four-year seats, now held by Stacy Atkins-Salazar and Katherine Salinas.

• Big Lagoon School: There are four open seats. Two are four-year seats, one held by Londa Berry, the other vacant. There are two two-year seats now held by Kristine Mechals and Catherine Munsee.

• Blue Lake Union School: There are two open four-year seats, now held by Lisa Hooven and Alexander Rohn.

• Cutten School: There are two open four-year seats, now held by Dennis Reinholtsen and Rebecca Reece.

• Eureka City Schools: There are two open seats, one in Division 1 now held by Michael Duncan, and one in Division 4, now held by Susan Johnson. Both are four-year seats.

• Fieldbrook School: There are two open four-year seats, now held by Richard Grissom and Jeremy Sargent.

• Freshwater School: There are two open four-year seats, now held by Dan Diemer and Sue Seely.

• Green Point School: There are two open four-year seats, now held by Berniece Sorrow and Susan Marshall.

• Jacoby Creek School: There are two open four-year seats, now held by Tuan Luu and  John Renteria.

• Kneeland School: There are two open seats, a four-year seat now held by Michelle Krupa, and a two-year seat now held by Shayne Green.

• Maple Creek School: There is a single open four-year seat now held by Tina Floyd.

• McKinleyville Union School: There are four open seats. There are two four-year seats now held by Sara Alto and Brian Mitchell. There are two two-year seats now held by Suzanne McCray and Theresa Grosjean.

• Northern Humboldt Union High School: There are two four-year seats open, now held by Dan Collen and Dan Johnson.

• Orick School: There are four open seats. Three four-year seats are now held by Albert Curtis and Edith-Ann Baker, with one vacant. A two-year seat is held by Linda Seufert.

• Pacific Union School: There are four seats open. Two four-year seats are held by Christopher Emmons and Theodore Weller. Two two-year seats are held by  Karan Collenberg and Dirk Luoma.

• Peninsula Union School: There are three open four-year seats, now held by Jerry Cotton, Patricia Cotten and David Rominger.

• Trinidad School: There are three seats open. Two four-year seats are now held by Ananda Morehead and Janice West. A two-year seat is held by Shirley Laos.

• Humboldt County Board of Education: There are three open seats – a four-year Division 2 seat now held by Robert Siekmann, a four-year Division 5 seat held by Marc Rowley, and a two-year Division 4 seat held by Karen Hunter.

• Redwood Community College (CR): There are four four-year seats open – a Division 4 seat held by Richard Dorn, a Division 5 seat held by Bruce Emad, a Division 6 seat held by Colleen Mullery and a Division 7 seat held by Sally Biggin.

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  1. SMH2much said:

    Come on Libertarians and all other anti-common core zealots, you’re being paged! Let’s roll!

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