The last 24 hours or so have been busy ones over in LoCO Elections, the Outpost’s rolling Q&A forum for local candidates for office. Here’s a brief rundown of recent activity over there.
In response to a question from reader “HC,” Assistant District Attorney Stacey Eads — one of three candidates vying to replace retiring DA Maggie Fleming — provided a long summary of her experience as a trial lawyer. Meanwhile, in response to a question entitled “Corrupt Law Enforcement Practices,” Eads wrote that she supports the mandatory use of body-worn cameras when law enforcement agents conduct searches, and says that civilian observers during such raids are not a good idea. (Her competitors, Adrian Kamada and Michael Acosta, have already answered this question. Their answers are at the same link.)
Meanwhile, Eads’ principal challenger — former prosecutor turned public defender Adrian Kamada — comes out swinging against the current administration in a pair of answers. In the first, which asks him how many trials he’s conducted since joining the public defender’s office, his answer is simple: None. And he charges that is because the DA’s office is currently offering too many lenient plea deals and pushing questionable charges. In his second answer of the day he expounds upon that theme: “I do not despise the D.A.’s office,” he writes. “Clearly, I am not a fan of the current administration, the lack of leadership in the office, the dedication to old and inefficient ways of working, the bad charging decisions, the bad plea arrangements, the lack of transparency, and the culture of intimidation.”
Superior Court Judge candidate Ben McLaughlin answers a pair of questions: One on his history of public service and another that the asker entitles “1/4 of our judiciary in the same house?” McLaughlin lives with current Superior Court Judge Kelly Neel — what sort of complications might that cause if he is elected? Very interesting question; McLaughlin gives a thorough answer. [CORRECTION: McLaughlin and Neel are not married, as they originally stated, though they are a couple. Apologies. — Ed.]
Fourth District Supervisor candidate Kim Bergel writes on adverse childhood experiences in Humboldt County, and what she might do to improve them. (Candidate Natalie Arroyo had already written on this question.) Arroyo and Arcata City Council candidate Kimberley White run down their party endorsements.
Anyway, if you’re interested in local government, make it a point to regularly peruse LoCO Elections, and maybe contribute your own question! Lot of good stuff going on over there.