Arcata City Councilmember Brett Watson sits alone at a May council meeting.


Brett Watson is seeking re-election.

This despite sustained allegations of sexual harassment against a city staff member, despite being stripped of all committee assignments by his council colleagues, who cast a vote of “no confidence” and are pursuing a retraining order against him, and despite widespread calls for his resignation

Watson announced his decision on social media last night, saying his mental health “is better than its [sic] ever been” and alleging that he’s been the victim of “endless bullying” for asking questions and representing “the wishes of the community.”

Here’s his full post: