Liza Welsh, a county planner with a Master’s degree from Mills College, has launched a campaign to succeed Eureka City Councilmember Austin Allison as the city’s Fourth Ward representative.

Allison announced a few months back that he would not seek a second four-year term on the council.

The other seat up for grabs in Eureka this November is in the Second Ward, which has been represented by Faith Center Pastor Heidi Messner since 2016. Messner is not eligible to run for reelection because her residence got drawn out of Ward 2 in 2017 when city staff redrew the ward boundaries.

Here’s the press release from the nascent Welsh campaign:

Liza Welsh is excited to announce her candidacy to represent Ward 4 in the Eureka City Council. Liza holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Mills College. She works as a Planner at the County of Humboldt, where she guides business owners through the permit application process. She is a proud member of AFSCME Local 1684.

Now that California’s primary election cycle is over, it’s time to bring our progressive vision home, but that won’t be possible without new revenue sources and strong leadership. Liza is resourceful, compassionate, and pragmatic. She is ready to work for you.

Liza wants to see smart growth in Eureka. Instead of empty storefronts, Liza pictures thriving, green, and walkable business districts with working class, labor, and professional job opportunities. She knows that we can repair our roads and that we can develop infrastructure to make our city safer, more accessible, and more resilient. From housing, to healthcare access, to sea-level rise, to fiscal solvency, Liza asserts that we have the gumption to face our challenges head-on! 

Liza wants to thank Austin Allison for the great work that he has done for Eureka.

Election day is Tuesday, November 03, 2020. The City Council elections will be held concurrently with the national primary election.

Please visit to learn more about Liza’s campaign and how you can get involved.