Humboldt Growers Association Fundraises for Paul Gallegos
For years the growers of Humboldt hid their identities. Growers kept to themselves. They didn’t often allow outsiders into their world and they didn’t engage openly as growers with the outside world at all. Certainly, they didn’t engage overtly in politics (though marijuana money supported the environmental movement, non-profits, and some political campaigns.)
This last month has changed that. Humboldt Growers Association (HGA) first raised money openly for Bonnie Neely and, last night, held a fundraiser for District Attorney Paul Gallegos at one of the most beloved of Southern Humboldt gathering places, the Beginnings Octagon. At that building, the grower community has celebrated birthdays, weddings, and mourned the deaths of its members. Last night, mostly undeterred by pouring rain, growers had a coming out party to support one the most important local positions in Humboldt.The Times Standard has said the DA’s “is arguably the most powerful office in the county.” Last night the HGA stepped forward to support the candidate they feel will best represent their values in that job.
Natalynne Delapp, Gallegos’ campaign manager stated that the fundraiser “went wonderfully well.” She said that in the spring they were worried. “We really needed a group of people to help us down in Southern Humboldt. Then she said the HGA approached them and helped organize the area.
Joey Burger, President of the HGA, said that “Despite the rainy weather we had a great turnout and a great dinner provided by Sue Malone….Paul gave a very inspiring speech. He has been a protector of this community. He has fought to keep corporate entities from walking all over the little guy.”
Two bands, Solitary Men and Blue Rhythm Review, provided dance music and local businesses donated items for a silent auction. The proceeds have yet to be added up but Delapp said she left the fundraiser “with a bunch of money in a box” as well as a large number of checks. “I think we did pretty well,” she added happily.
Thadeus Greenson of the Times Standard has an excellent piece on the Gallegos/Jackson race that should be read by all Humboldt’s registered voters.