Local Election 2018 - Humboldt County (Final)

Nov 6, 2018

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FINAL: The final election night report is in. You can see it here.   

THIRD UPDATE: The third report is in. Check it out here

SECOND UPDATE: See second report here. Will follow with website update. 

UPDATE: First report is in. See here. We will update our website soon! 

The polls in California open statewide today at 7 a.m. and close tonight at 8 p.m. If you are standing in line at your polling place by 8 p.m. you will be allowed to vote. You can check your voting location here. Conditional voters can find their polling locations here. You can check out our coverage below: 

Local Measures 

Humboldt County voters will decide on several community measures that could  make a historical impact. KHSU will update with the latest numbers as they arrive from the Humboldt County Elections Office. Here's what each measure will do if passed or not passed. There are also links to previous coverage of these issues.

The bronze statue of former President William McKinley prior to it being doused in a liquid that left a greenish patina.
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FINAL: Measure M final votes are in with close to 38 percent YES vote and a 62 percent NO vote.THIRD UPDATE: Close to 41 percent YES  vote and 59 percent NO vote.  

SECOND UPDATE: Second report shows 49 percent YES vote and 51 percent NO vote. 

UPDATE: First report shows 49 percent YES vote and close to 51 percent NO vote. 

Measure M

Votes for Measure M, would like for the 100+ year old statue to remain in the Arcata Plaza. Its supporters claim the statue has historical relevance and that removal of the statue would cost thousands of dollars. According to Community Development Director David Loya, the cost is estimated at $65,000. 

Votes against Measure M would mean that the statue would be removed, which is what Arcata City Council members voted to do earlier this year. Supporters of the No campaign say the statue symbolizes oppression and colonialism within the community- something they don't want in the center of town. 

You can check out our Measure M coverage here and here.  We also have earlier coverage about the Arcata City Council decision earlier this year. Check that out here and here. Also see how it the matter made its way to the November ballot here

Measure K 

FINAL: Measure K leaps slightly ahead with over a 51 percent YES vote and 48 percent NO vote. 

Yes-51 percent, No-48 percent

THIRD UPDATE: Measure K inches forward in the third report but is still slightly behind with a little over 49 percent YES vote and 50 percent NO vote. 

SECOND UPDATE: Second report has 47 percent YES vote and close to 53 percent NO vote. 

UPDATE: First report has 45 percent YES vote and close to 54 percent NO vote.  

Supporters hold a Measure K rally at the Humboldt County Courthouse in Eureka.
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Votes for Measure K would create a Sanctuary Initiative in Humboldt County. It would be different than the state sanctuary law, SB-54, because it would emphasize more protection for local undocumented immigrants. It would also make sure deported parents have more say in who takes care of their children as a legal guardian. More information on the measure is here, here and here

Votes against Measure K would mean law enforcement would still abide by state law which requires limited communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The Sheriff's Office has provided their current policy on immigration here. Additonally, SB-54 can be accessed here

Measure O is presented as a public safety renewel initiative that uses local funding.
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FINAL: Measure O stays ahead at close to 72 percent YES vote and 28 percent NO vote.   

Yes-72 percent, No-28 percent

THIRD UPDATE:  71 percent YES vote and 29 percent NO vote. 

SECOND UPDATE: Second update has 70 percent YES vote and 30 percent NO vote.   

UPDATE: First report shows close to 70 percent YES vote and 32 percent NO vote. 

Measure O

This public safety renewel project was presented to the community to help maintain deteriorating roads and improve 911 emergency response times. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, according to the county's website, unanimously placed it on the November ballot for voter consideration. 

A Yes on Measure O would continue the existing voter-approved and locally controlled funding for these services in Humboldt County and would not increase tax rates. Read more on the Humboldt County website here, and also check out the county's presentation here

KHSU will periodically update the results via graphs pending the election results on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. KHSU will also have state election results (propositions, state senate and California Governor's Race) via our sister station KQED in San Francisco and Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. For national results, we will list our regular NPR programing. Aditionally, the North Coast Journal-one of KHSU's media partners has more information on all of these local measure which you can read about here.

Eureka City Council Election 

Eureka Mayor candidates (from left to right): Michelle Constantine, Heidi Messner and Susan Seaman.

Eureka Mayor

There are three Eureka Mayor candidates. Their political websites are here, here and here

The Eureka Mayor along with the Eureka City Council governs the city of Eureka and appoints the city manager, city clerk and city attorney. According to the city of Eureka website, the Mayor can represent the city by serving on state or regional boards.

FINAL: Seaman takes it with a 44 percent lead over Constantine with 30 percent and Messner with 24 percent. 

Constantine-30, Messner-25, Seaman-44 Edit | Remove

THIRD UPDATE: The third report shows Seaman still at 44 percent. Constantine at 30 percent and Messner trails at about 25 percent. 

SECOND UPDATE: Second report shows Seaman maintaing a lead with close to 44 percent. Constantine at 30 percent. Messner at 25 percent. 

UPDATE: The first election night results report that Seaman is leading by over 40 percent. Followed by Constantine at 31 percet and Messner at 27 percent. 

According to the city of Eureka, the city council is a five member governmental body elected from the geographical boundaries of each of their wards. The ward system map can be found here. In this year's election, candidates are vying for Ward 1, Ward 3 and Ward 5. 

Eureka Ward 1 Candidates (from left to right): Leslie Castellano, Hailey Lamb, Caroline Brooks and Anthony Mantova

Eureka Ward 1 Candidates:

The Eureka candidates for Ward 1 consist of Leslie Castellano, Hailey Lamb, Caroline Brooks and Anthony Mantova. Their political websites can be accessed here, herehere and here.

FINAL: Castellano takes the majority lead with close to 48 percent. Mantova ends with 24 percent. Lamb at 16 percent and Brooks close to 12 percent. 

Castellano-48 percent, Lamb-16 percent, Brooks-12 percent, Mantova-24 percent

THIRD UPDATE: The third report shows Castellano with a lead over Mantova as she holds close to 48 percent of the vote. Mantova at 24 percent of the votes. Lamb at 16 percent and Brooks at 11 percent. 

SECOND UPDATE: The second report shows Castellano still in the lead with 36 percent. Mantova at 30 percent. Lamb close to 21 percent and Brooks close to 12 percent. 

UPDATE: First report has Castellano leading with 36 percet of the votes. Mantova at 31 percent. Lamb at 21 percent. Brooks at 10 percent. 

Eureka Ward 3 Candidates (from left to right): Natalie Arroyo, John Fullerton, Jeannie Breslin.

Eureka Ward 3 Candidates: 

The candidates for Eureka Ward 3 are Natalie Arroyo, John Fullerton and Jeannie Breslin. 

Natalie Arroyo currently holds the Ward 5 seat, but due to the passage of Measure P in 2016, a true ward system was enacted which changed the ward boundaries. The candidates' political  or informational websites can be seen here, here and here

FINAL: Arroyo takes the lead with close to 51 percent of the votes. Fullerton ends with a little over 31 percent and Breslin ends with close to 18 percent. 

Arroyo-51 percent, Fullerton-31 percent, Breslin-18 percent

THIRD UPDATE: Arroyo still on top with 47 percent of the votes. Fullerton holds close to 34 percent and Breslin has close to 19 percent of the votes. 

SECOND UPDATE: Second report has Arroyo maintaining a lead with close to 48 percent. Fullerton at 32 percent and Breslin close to 20 percent. 

UPDATE: First report has Arroyo ahead at 45 percent. Fullerton at 34 percent and Breslin close to 20 percent. 

Eureka Ward 5 candidates Kim Bergel and Joe Bonino

Eureka Ward 5 Candidates:   

The candidates for Eureka's Ward 5 are Kim Bergel and Joe Bonino. Their political websites can be found here and here

Bergel currently holds the Third Ward seat but due to the passage of Measure P in 2016 is now running for the Fifth Ward seat. Bonino ran previously for Eureka City Council in 2012. 

FINAL: Bergel holds on to a large lead with over 62 percent of the votes. Bonino ends with 37 percent. 

Bergel-62 percent, Bonino-37 percent

THIRD UPDATE: Bergel still maintaining a lead with 62 percent and Bonino holds 37 percent of the votes.

SECOND UPDATE: Bergel holds mroe than 62 percent and Bonino sees some growth at 37 percent of the votes. 

UPDATE: First report has Bergel ahead with over 65 percet of the votes. Bonino is at 35 percent. 

Arcata City Council

According to the Arcata City website, the council is made up of five members who are elected at large by the citizens of Arcata. The council directs the course of local government through its power to adopt ordinances, levy taxes, award contracts, and appoint certain city officers, commissions and committees. 

Arcata City Council candidates (from left to right): Brett Watson, Valerie Rose-Campbell and Sofia Pereira.

There are two seats on the Arcata City Council that are up for election. Three candidates are qualified for this year's ballot. 

The three candidates are Sofia Pereira, Brett Watson and Valerie Rose-Campbell. Their candidate or political websites are here, here and here

FINAL: Pereira and Watson lead in the majority of the votes with Pereira ending with over 43 percent and Watson ending with 36 percent. Rose-Campbell ends with over 18 percent of the votes. 

Pereira-43 percent, Watson-36 percent, Rose-Campbell-18 percent

THIRD UPDATE: Pereira at 44 percent and Watson close to 37 percent. Rose-Campbell holds a little over 17 percent of the votes. 

SECOND UPDATE: Second report shows Pereira still ahead with 42 percent of the vote. Watson also ahead with 39 percent. Rose-Campbell with close to 16 percent of the votes. 

UPDATE: First report shows Pereira with close to 43 percent, Watson with 39 percent and Rose-Campbell with close to 16 percent.