Ellen (Yes, the Famous One) Helps a Eureka City Council Candidate
To begin with, you need to know that Jeannie Breslin raised Bedlington Terriers and one of her puppies went to actress Portia de Rossi who later became Ellen DeGeneres’ partner.
According to Breslin, she and de Rossi became friends. “When I decided to run, I sent her information cards…,” she explained to us.In a post online, Breslin wrote, “Both Portia and Ellen are excited for me and happy to see me running for Eureka City Council. Ellen has donated these hand signed Ellen DeGeneres Tennis Shoes and 4 Tickets 🎟🎟I🎟🎟 to the Ellen DeGeneres show to be auctioned off as a fundraiser towards my campaign, Jeannie Breslin For Eureka City Council 2018.”
In spite of having a celebrity supporter, Breslin knows she isn’t a shoe-in. Breslin said that she is planning to work hard both as a candidate for Ward 3 and, if she wins, as a Councilmember. “I have been heavily involved in this community for 17 years,” she told us. “I have spent many a night in front of City Council.”
Breslin touts her experience as a consultant for Boeing on a joint venture program with NASA for the Star Station One Institute Nasa. “I worked and I raised my son,” she said. Now, she said, she has time to give back to her community. She explained, “I am a woman. I am aging. I just turned 61. I have the time and energy to help.”
Breslin, who is behind the I Like Eureka Facebook page, loves the area. She says that from the moment she saw Eureka when she was 16, she was intrigued. Then, when she moved here 17 years ago, she says she thought, “Boy, I just landed in the good stuff.” And, she said she has fallen more in love over the years. “It is everything I envisioned,” she explained. “It’s our woods, our forests, our ocean… Eureka…we have everything!”
Breslin is against the needle program as currently administered in Eureka. She wants to see a needle exchange program.
As a former marketing person and a self-described problem solver, Breslin wants to bring a fresh look to issues facing the city. “I would love to go for a walk on the [Hikshari’] trail…I don’t feel safe to do that as a woman. I want to feel safe in our community…” She believes more law enforcement could help, but not in the old model of cops in cars. ” I love creative solutions.,” she said and she suggests more law enforcement in a way that is picturesque. “A mounted patrol unit in Old Town and on the Trail could help,” she suggested. “Whether that is a park ranger or a cop or an ex–vet…Everyone likes a horse. Maybe the horses could be stabled at the Blue Ox.”
Breslin could quickly wear out her Ellen shoes running for Ward 3 as the incumbent is sort of Councilmember Natalie Arroyo (Arroyo used to be Ward 5 before the recent redrawing of the districts) as well as another candidate, John Fullerton. In any case, a race that starts this early with celebrity schwag will certainly be interesting.
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