Excitement was generated on Friday, March 7, when former Eureka City Council Member, Chris Kerrigan, announced his campaign to challenge incumbent, Virginia Bass, for the Humboldt County Board of Supervisor's (BOS) seat. A press release from the Kerrigan campaign said, "As a two term Eureka City Councilmember (2000-2008), Kerrigan focused on economic development, public safety and creating a livable, walkable community. Now he plans to bring these values to the Board of Supervisors."
Many county residents have expressed disappointment and cynicism in the directions taken by the BOS since the last election, viewing the Board as being dominated by special interest agendas. Until Kerrigan entered the race there had been no challenges to the two incumbent Supervisors, Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg. Although time is short between now and Election Day on June 3, Kerrigan made his intentions clear on his Facebook page saying, "Four years ago Virginia Bass ran for this office on the position of passing the general plan. Due to her actions on the Board of Supervisors we’re further away today than we were 4 years ago. Today, I filed my papers to run for the Fourth District seat. I intend to spend the next 90 days talking to people about tangible solutions to move Humboldt forward."
KMUD News Correspondent, Daniel Mintz, attended Kerrigan's campaign announcement on Friday and aired the report below on the KMUD Local News Friday March 7, 2014.