At the close of the filing period Friday evening, a host of candidates have filed for the March 2020 elections in Humboldt County. Two county supervisors will face challengers in their re-election campaigns, a third is running unopposed.
First District Supervisor Rex Bohn will run against local radio host Cliff Berkowitz.
Estelle Fennell, who heads the 2nd District, will face four challengers: Michelle Bushnell of the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce; cannabis businessman Sean DeVries; Hydesville resident Rick French; and Michael McKaskle of the Redway Community Services District.
Mike Wilson, the 3rd District’s representative, will run unopposed. Election’s Office administrative analyst Lucinda Jackson explained Friday that Wilson will most likely appear alone on the ballot.
In the event Wilson can’t secure 50%-plus-one votes over the closest write-in candidate, the election will go to a run-off.
The supervisorial seats are non-partisan. A candidate is not allowed to run with a party affiliation.
Jackson encouraged voters to check their registration status online and make sure all of their information is up to date.
Voters registered with “no party preference” in national elections typically can’t vote in party primaries. However, the Democratic, Libertarian and American Independent parties will offer “crossover ballots” to local voters without a party. Jackson said voters with no party preference will receive postcards in the coming weeks where they can indicate the type of party ballot they want to fill out for the primary elections.
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Here is a full list of candidates in the supervisor race, as well as elections for the parties’ central committees and county Superior Court judges:
Humboldt County supervisor
• Rex Bohn (incumbent)
• Cliff Berkowitz
• Estelle Fennell (incumbent)
• Michelle Bushnell
• Sean DeVries
• Rick French
• Michael McKaskle
• Mike Wilson (incumbent)
Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
• Bill Burns
• Helene Rouvier
• Stuart Altschuler
• Lesley Ester
• Christine Will
• Bruce Will
• Dan Kelley