Press release from the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities:
Seventeen community groups are joining forces to host three candidate forums featuring candidates running in the November 3, 2020 election for Eureka City Council, Arcata City Council, McKinleyville Community Services District, and Humboldt Community Services District. The Humboldt & Del Norte Central Labor Council, North Coast People’s Alliance, Cooperation Humboldt, Health Care for All Humboldt, Physicians for a National Health Program, the Wiyot Tribe, Centro del Pueblo, Northcoast Environmental Center, Move to Amend, Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives, the Eureka Chapter of the NAACP, the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities, Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaborative, Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction, College of the Redwoods, Club Triangle, and 350 Humboldt are cosponsoring the events, which will be held on the following dates:
- Eureka City Council Candidates: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 6 p.m.
- Arcata City Council Candidates: Friday, September 25, 2020 at 6 p.m.
- McKinleyville & Humboldt Community Services Districts Candidates: Friday, October 2, 2020 at 6 p.m.
The forums will be moderated by Noël August, better known to locals as Tucker Noir from Club Triangle. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be held virtually and broadcast live via Access Humboldt at https://www.youtube.com/user/accesshumboldt, on television Channel 11, and on radio station KZZH. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available via Zoom; anyone desiring Spanish interpretation should contact Centro del Pueblo at firstname.lastname@example.org for a Zoom link. The forums will also be recorded and re-aired several times before the election.
The sponsoring organizations will ask questions which are relevant to their missions, giving voters an opportunity to hear how the candidates stand on a variety of issues. All 31 candidates who have filed papers to run for Eureka City Council, Arcata City Council, McKinleyville Community Services District Board of Directors, or Humboldt Community Services District Board of Directors have been invited to participate.
“There are a large number of candidates running for these important positions, and information about their platforms is not always readily available to voters,” said Colin Fiske, Executive Director of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities. “These forums will be some of the only opportunities for voters to hear from the candidates before Election Day about where they stand on a variety of important social and environmental issues.”