Eight Candidates for Public Office in Eureka Call for Fair Campaign Practices and Positive Leadership

voting fair fightPress release from eight candidates for public office in Eureka:

Eight candidates for public office in Eureka have united to call for fair campaign practices and positive leadership during this election season and into the future. All Eureka mayoral and council candidates have signed a code of fair campaign practices, pledging that no candidate will “use or permit the use of character defamation, whispering campaigns, libel, slander, or scurrilous attacks on any candidate or his or her family life”, nor will any candidate “appeal to negative prejudice based on a candidate’s actual or perceived race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, sex including gender identity” or any other protected characteristic. The reality is that many of these pledges have already been broken through harassment of individuals and businesses, hate speech, doxing (the publication or sharing of private, personally identifying information with malicious intent), falsified stories and materials, and other underhanded and absurd attacks on the character, bodies, families and personal lives of fellow candidates.

It is our shared belief that in our small, close-knit community, we depend on one another, must seek to build good relationships, and our success depends on finding ways to collaborate, despite our differences. There is no place in Eureka for these behaviors, and each candidate has signed their name to a pledge saying that they will not resort to these unethical tactics, nor will they permit their use. The code signed by Eureka’s candidates also specifies that no candidate will “coerce election help” and will “immediately and publicly repudiate support deriving from any individual or group that resorts, on behalf of my candidacy or in opposition to that of my opponent” any of these condemned methods and tactics. This includes the behavior of campaign managers, campaign volunteers, and supporters. We call on all candidates and residents of the community to take this pledge seriously, and to evaluate candidates based on this important commitment.

Words are powerful. Through dehumanizing language and grossly falsified information, communities and individuals can experience real and impactful consequences. As people who seek to contribute to and improve Eureka and our region, we exhort fellow candidates and community members to stick to the issues, seek common ground, and continue their campaigns while bearing in mind our universally shared ethical commitment. The community is watching and looking to us for leadership. Let’s lead with integrity and refuse to accept bullying, personal attacks.

This press release issued collectively by (in alphabetical order) Natalie Arroyo, Kim Bergel, Jeannie Breslin, Caroline Brooks, Leslie Castellano, Hailey Lamb, Heidi Messner, and Susan Seaman. All City of Eureka candidates were invited to participate in releasing this statement. The aforementioned candidates intend to hold a press conference on Friday, October 5th at noon at Eureka City Hall, 531 K Street, to reaffirm this statement and respond to press inquiries. Any candidate not initially listed here who wishes to join in this statement calling for fair campaign practices is invited to attend the press conference and stand together with us, or, if they are unavailable, is invited to send a statement of solidarity to any of the candidates named here, which will be read aloud. Please feel welcome to join us.

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19 comments

  • Meh. I prefer my local pols a lot less passive-aggressive. “Here are the rules we set up for how you should run your campaign. If you don’t publicly cave in to our demands, it’s because you’re hateful and evil. Namaste!”

  • I’d be surprised if they could get any two of the candidates to agree on the definition of any of the things they pledge to avoid. Nor are they likely to sever relations with supporters who do those things anyway. That they can’t imagine that such a pledge will not survive the feelings of frustrated competitors and will contribute to even more to rancor in the end does not bode well for decisive leadship in the city.

  • Ya ya ya blah blah blah

    Sounds like a bunch of cry babies. If your in the public eye you should be prepared for ugly conversations and accusations.

  • But the real question here is whether or not any of these individuals drink alcohol in college? I heard it from an anonymous source, that overheard somebody reading a memo type on paper with disappearing ink, that one of them possibly might have thrown some ice at somebody in a bar. Lol my granny used to say, if you cannot stand the heat then stay out of the kitchen. Politics, the new Bread & circus.

    • TRUMPTASTROPHE for the GOP in November 🇷🇺🍄🇷🇺

      No, the real question is why the hypocrtical Republican Party is so morally & intellectually bankrupt that they would seriously be confronting the American voters with a rapist Supreme Court Justice nominee chosen by a rapist puppet “president” owned by Russia. 🇷🇺

      P.S. — $413 million is not “a small loan”.

      • I guess you’ll just disregard the fact that Bill Clinton is also a rapist and Barack Obama smoke pot and did cocaine. I certainly haven’t heard of Trump honey dipping any cigars in the Oval Office. LOL As if Democrats have any moral High Ground.
        And by the way I’m not a Republican! I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because of George W dipshit. I voted for Trump in 2016 because of the hypocritical( did the exact same thing as Bush) Obama and the fact the only other option was Hillary Clinton. I would have much rather seen Rand Paul become president, or his father before him. Unfortunately both had too much honor to participate in the smear campaigns that our presidential elections have turned into.

        • TRUMPTASTROPHE for the GOP in November 🇷🇺📼

          I guess Dumbass Donald Trump will continue to lie on behalf of the Saudi Royal Family. 🇸🇦💰🏌️‍♂️

          # IMPEACH TRUMP

  • Than you, candidates, for acknowledging out loud and purposeful, your stand against the 1st amendment.

    • What in the message is against the first amendment? I didn’t find anything about government-imposed censorship.

      • Defining what is or is not to be said, witnessed, discussed, shared, … hits on the 1st amendment.
        If a citizen can’t hear about a potentially important concern, then how is said citizen supposed to be alerted to get their research engines revved?
        The way this ‘pledge’ reads, anybody who is not in their circle, is a bad guy/girl/whoever.
        Any citizen who does not agree with their ‘pledge’ is not only bad, but also too stupid to know that the circle is protecting them for their own good because said person is too stupid to not only find the voting booth, but also cannot find a search engine to investigate on their own whether or not something rings true or not.
        If I have to use more gibberish to get my point across, perhaps some of us really are too stupid to figure out how to deep dive for truths.

        Virtue Rhetoric v let it all hang out and let’s see what sticks through diligent research.

        • hahaha, I rest my case. The hate against Mandova for being a Trump/conservative/independent supporter is overwhelming. https://www.facebook.com/Eureka-No-Place-For-Hate-392678631268730/

          The candidates signed a prior agreement to keep it clean. The one in this article is a publicity piece.

          The thing is, the masses are sick and tired of “politics”. They want their individual rights back.

          • and then there’s his business practices. I ordered an Amp for my kid, special order in his Eureka Store. the amp we got was not the one we ordered. I googled the amp we got because it looked the same. it was a cheaper version of the same amp (less options). I forced him to take it back. after asking around I learned not to go there anymore. the masses are just sick of con artists.

  • Kim Bergel is full blown hormone waiting to vacate the premises! Watching her at city council meetings is a source of great entertainment. Lip quiver, butt hurt. This woman shouldn’t hold any public office. She is a drama queen. Her stance on HACHR or should I say weeble wobble can’t make up my mind screw the constituents of my ward is a prime example. Vote her out. Same with Messner.

  • Cry me up a storm.

    They should rename their petition “How to encourage doxing”. Are they aware it’s 2018?

  • Break out the ass-hats Rudy, the ship of fools is in port.

  • Truth in advertising, plz.

    The petition itself is a smear campaign. It was authored by the co-signers themselves, and those who don’t sign their empty promise note are being tooled as negative nellies across the local medias. Shame on the authors, they knew what they were doing. Very hypocritical.

    It’s also true all candidates signed a clean campaign pledge beforehand, yet no mention of it was made in this privately authored release.

  • Ward 3 elections, Eureka.
    After reading about all three candidates & attending events, asking them a few questions, I have come to the conclusion that experience really matters. It’s wishful thinking to believe someone with very little or no direct experience will be able to navigate their way thru the system let alone get anything done.
    My vote will go for Arroyo. Please make sure to get out & vote.

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