Humboldt Progressive Democrats Endorse Local Candidates
At a packed meeting May 16th, the Humboldt Progressive Democrats club voted to endorse four candidates for local office: Dani Burkhart and Steve Madrone for Humboldt County Board of Supervisors (fourth and fifth districts respectively), Lathe Gill for Superior Court Judge, and Karen Paz-Dominguez for County Auditor-Controller.
4th District Supervisor: Nationally recognized as an industry expert in the field of sustainable cannabis agriculture, Dani Burkhart is an Environmental Planning Consultant, longtime resident of Humboldt County, and graduate of Humboldt State University. Her intimate understanding of this industry and its compliance framework, and proven ability to analyze all aspects of the industry and the effects on our rural economy are unmatched. Dani has a strong record of facilitating and building consensus among stakeholders. Ms. Burkhart has consistently demonstrated a conscious effort and commitment to doing what is best for the people of Humboldt, including building a resilient local economy. https://www.dani4supervisor.com/
5th District Supervisor: Steve Madrone has spent his entire adult career here in Humboldt County, raising a large extended family, studying and teaching at Humboldt State University, and working for over 45 years on salmon habitat restoration in nearly every watershed in our County. Steve has also built a reputation as an amazing facilitator and community leader. Mr. Madrone will undoubtedly work to represent all the people of Humboldt County and to provide the best future for our families, the environment and our local economy. https://www.votemadrone.com/.
Superior Court Judge: Lathe Gill believes that making sure all our people have equal access to justice can make life better here for everyone. That means advocating for resources for the clerk’s office to shorten lines. It means high standards of service, respect, and dignity for workers, jurors, litigants, and counselors. It means making sure the court honors its longstanding commitments to outlying communities, and to programs essential to helping improve life near the courthouse, like drug court and homeless court. Mr. Gill has the passion to improve our often underserved community in advocating for these improvements in our justice system. https://gill4judge.com/.
Auditor-Controller: Currently serving as our Assistant County Auditor-Controller, Karen Paz-Dominguez has demonstrated her ability to lead and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to fiduciary policy and procedure. Karen is a long-time resident of Humboldt County and has many years’ local experience for CPA firms and government, providing accounting, auditing, and tax preparation services. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting, and is an Enrolled Agent (U.S. Department of the Treasury). Karen has been instrumental in leading efforts to streamline County accounts payable and identifying material findings / non-compliance with independent auditors. She has developed a clear plan of action to bring county departments into compliance with the State of California Controller’s Office as well as the California Board of Equalization. We could not be more pleased with the qualifications, work ethic and the demonstrated commitment of Ms. Paz-Dominguez to pursue fiduciary compliance and transparency, and to bring our antiquated systems into the 21st century. https://kpazdominguez.nationbuilder.com/.
“Humboldt County needs real change and a new direction. When it comes to the most critical issues facing our County, our economy, government departments and our judicial system, these candidates are by far best positioned to lead the change we so desperately need. By the leadership they have shown working alongside us in the community, each of these candidates have demonstrated the vision and the courage necessary to take on our most urgent problems: the lack of affordable housing and the epidemic of homelessness; the entrenchment of staggering economic growth and economic inequality; and the struggle to lift the voices of Humboldt Counties working class above the voices of wealthy developers, special interest and corporate outside influence. I speak for all of us when I say we are both excited and optimistic to see the many great accomplishments that each of these candidates will accomplish on behalf of our community.” – Allen McCloskey, California Assembly Delegate
“If we want to move Humboldt County forward and resolve our very real issues we must elect candidates who will listen, represent, and fight for all the residents of our rural communities. We must elect those who won’t be bought by special interests. These four candidates will do more than just perpetuating the status quo – they are ‘walking the walk’ to represent the working class and poor, the unrepresented, and all of us struggling to make ends meet. I am so proud and hopeful to have candidates running who are committed to the change we need for the future of our County.” – Helene Rouvier, California Assembly Delegate and HPD Chair