Strong Majority Re-Elects Fennell

Supervisor Estelle Fennell, shown with supporter Nick Angeloff, celebrated election night at the Fortuna Veterans Memorial Building. (Photo courtesy of Estelle Fennell)

Supervisor Estelle Fennell, shown with supporter Nick Angeloff, celebrated election night at the Fortuna Veterans Memorial Building. (Photo courtesy of Estelle Fennell)

Second District Supervisor Estelle Fennell has easily gained a second term, with June 7 election results showing her with nearly 77 percent of the vote.

Fennell’s challenger, Bud Rogers, emerged with 22 percent of the vote in the election night’s final tally.

“I am honored, humbled and very happy for such an resounding show of support from my community,” Fennell said on Wednesday. “I see this as a vote of confidence and I look forward to working with my community to make Humboldt an even better place to live.”

Well-known for her support of local fire departments and work on county medical marijuana regulations, Fennell also highlighted addressing homelessness and the condition of rural roads in her campaign.

Rogers, a local woodworker and musician, emphasized support of small businesses and affordable housing. He advocated for changing county governance to a charter system and setting up a publicly-owned banking system.

In other county supervisorial elections, county Harbor District Commissioner Mike Wilson easily won the Third District seat, gaining 82 percent of the vote. His opponent, Uri Driscoll, got 17 percent of the vote.

First District Supervisor Rex Bohn ran unopposed.

In the District 2 congressional primary, incumbent Democratic Congressman Jared Huffman got 69 percent of the districtwide votes and Republican candidate Dale Mensing, a Garberville resident, got 16 percent of the vote.

Huffman and Mensing are the primary’s top vote-getters and will run against each other in the November general election.

In the U.S. Senate primary, California Attorney General Kamala Harris got 40 percent of the county vote and California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez drew 16 percent. The county’s result is similar to statewide voting and Harris and Sanchez, both Democrats, will run against each other in the November election.

In the Democratic presidential primary, Humboldt County went against the grain of statewide voting, giving heavy support to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders with 67 percent of the vote.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, got 30 percent. That contrasts with California results, where Clinton emerged with 56 percent of the vote to Sanders’s 43 percent.

The statewide election included one ballot measure, Proposition 50, which gives the Senate and Assembly the ability to suspend its members without pay with a two-thirds vote. A response to incidences of corruption, Prop. 50 was approved with strong majorities statewide and locally.

California State Assemblymember Jim Wood ran unopposed in the primary.

 

Full Humboldt County election results: http://www.humboldtgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/55272