That’s a wrap! It looks like Kim Bergel is going to be the next mayor of Eureka.
The nomination period for mayoral candidates closed at 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Bergel, who currently represents the Fifth Ward on the Eureka City Council, will run unopposed for the mayorship in the upcoming November General Election.
Just before the nomination period closed yesterday afternoon, Eureka City Clerk Pam Powell told the Outpost she was expecting paperwork from one individual before the day’s end. Sure enough, Stephen Parr, one of the city council’s most prolific public commenters, turned in his signatures just before the clock struck 4 p.m.
This morning, Powell informed us that the Humboldt County Election’s Office reviewed Parr’s signatures, and “he did not have enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot.”
The nomination period is officially closed to all potential candidates. You can find Outpost interviews with several of the candidates here.