Rex Bohn, Humboldt County’s longest-serving current supervisor, launched his re-election campaign today surrounded by supporters in the sunshine at the Redwood Fields recreation facility in Cutten.

Bohn is seeking his fourth straight term representing the county’s First District, which includes a southern sliver of Eureka and covers the county’s south and west portions, including the communities of Ferndale, Loleta, Scotia, Redway and Petrolia.

With hot dogs cooking on the grill and picnic tables hosting bowls filled with peanuts and tiny bags of chips, the event featured introductory remarks from friends and colleagues, including former Eureka City Manager David Tyson, Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis DelBiaggio and Humboldt County Sheriff Billy Honsal.

To date, no one has announced their intention to challenge Bohn in the primary election, which will take place earlier than usual next year — March 5. Nonetheless, Bohn encouraged attendees to donate to his campaign as they signed his endorsement sheet, grabbed baseball-themed campaign stickers and snacked on cookies adorned with edible decals that read, “1 More in ‘24!”

As for a fifth term? Bohn threw cold water on that notion. “I can pretty much guarantee,” he said before starting over: “They say ‘Never say never,’ so I’m not going to say “never,” but I ain’t runnin’ again.”

Watch highlights from the campaign launch in the video above, and see photos from the event, snapped by the Outpost’s Andrew Goff, below.

Bohn, standing next to his son Trevor, listens as Dennis DelBiaggio sings his praises. | All photos (except that one of the cookie, above) by Andrew Goff.

Young volunteers grill dogs for the crowd.

David Tyson, former Eureka city manager and current CEO of the Trinidad Rancheria Economic Development Corporation.

Arcata artist and logging family scion Claudia Lima described Bohn as a man of action and leadership.

Bohn with his wife, Adena, and son, Trevor.

Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis DelBiaggio.

Humboldt Deputy Sheriff’s Organization President Jamie Barney (left) and Sheriff Billy Honsal.

Onlookers, including Natalynne DeLapp of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance and former Eureka City Councilmember Mike Newman.

Former Eureka City Councilmember Marian Brady snaps a photo of Humboldt Deputy Sheriff’s Organization President Jamie Barney (left), Bohn and Humboldt County Sheriff Billy Honsal.

Supporters sign endorsement forms.

Bohn embraces former Fifth District Humboldt County Supervisor Ryan Sundberg