North Coast People’s Alliance Hosting ‘Run, Serve, Lead!’ Forum in Fortuna on February 4th

This is a press release from the North Coast People’s Alliance:

A popular forum that has coached scores of potential candidates and campaign volunteers is coming to Fortuna, complete with a new Spanish-language translation and a special one-on-one resources session.

Ferndale, Fortuna, Loleta, Rio Dell, Scotia and surrounding communities will be the focus of the North Coast People’s Alliance’s latest “Run, Serve, Lead! – an Introduction to Civic Engagement.”

The free NCPA forum, scheduled for 1-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the MultiGenerational Center, 2280 Newburg Road, Fortuna, is being co-sponsored by Fortuna Indivisible, Indivisible Ferndale, Centro del Pueblo and the Ferndale Enterprise.

“We are so excited to be providing simultaneous, Spanish-language translation for our third ‘Run, Serve, Lead,’ forum,” said Carrie Peyton-Dahlberg, vice chair of NCPA’s Steering Committee.

The forum is geared to everyday people who are considering running for office, applying to serve on an appointed board or commission, volunteering for a local campaign, or simply becoming a more actively engaged community member.

Panelists will include Clif Clendenen, former 2nd District Humboldt County Supervisor; Patrick O’Rourke, a Ferndale City Council member; Renee Saucedo, an immigrant rights activist and former candidate for San Francisco Supervisor, and Danny Kelley, a newly elected member of the College of the Redwoods Board, whose candidacy was endorsed by Fortuna Indivisible, Ferndale Indivisible and the NCPA. Sofia Pereira, Arcata’s mayor and community manager for the national organization “She Should Run,” will speak about preparing to run for office.

During informal mingling after the audience Q&A, NCPA volunteers will staff two resource tables, one for voter registration and one to help people determine what local offices they might qualify to run for, based on their voting address. Light refreshments will be served.

“Run, Serve, Lead!” is free to the public. Donations are encouraged to help defray costs.

The North Coast People’s Alliance produced two “Run, Serve, Lead” forums in 2017, attended by nearly 150 people in Arcata and McKinleyville. NCPA evolved from Northern Humboldt for Bernie Sanders. After the 2016 primary, its members worked together to build NCPA, a multi-partisan organization that empowers ordinary people to become more engaged in political processes.



  • Left wingers, Snow Flakes and naive people of the world unite.

  • Good info. for people of all political and community interests. The thing our towns and rural areas have lost in recent years is strong community involvement and participation. From VFD to school board on up, apathy makes any kind of accomplishment difficult. And working together impossible.
    I hope they have a good turnout across the idealogic spectrum.

  • This meeting can be VERY IMPORTANT to find a viable candidate as a replacement to Estelle (Hum Co Supervisor; District 2). Finding someone who is from the Fortuna area, AND who will be equally concerned about the Garberville region is our best chance to replace the more conventional, pro-development Fennell. Let’s retire her next election!!

  • Super Bowl Sunday! Kind of like scheduling debates that coincide with big football games. The panel does not strike me as progressive. It is telling that no one from Fortuna is on the panel in spite of being the host city.

    • Isn’t Clif Clendenen from Fortuna? His family farm is right there, eh?

      • Yes he is, my mistake for not being clear. Mr. Clendenen served on the County Board of Supervisors and that was my perspective. I was broadly referring to members of Fortuna City Council and the boards and committees that report to it including the Chamber of Commerce. My guess is there won’t be anyone wearing flag shirts at the meeting. I wish it was on another day so I can go.

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