EUREKA- Incumbents will remain on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. Both the 4th and 5th District Supervisor seats were voted on in Tuesday’s primary election.
After a close race, Virginia Bass secured her position as 4th District Supervisor Tuesday night. Bass maintained a lead in votes throughout the night, surpassing candidate Chris Kerrigan by 303 votes.
Bass first ran for 4th District Supervisor in 2010. Her primary focus for her second term is to finish the projects she began as part of her ‘Move Humboldt Forward’ initiative. She also plans to continue her work helping improve neighborhoods in the 4th District.
Bass says now that the election is over it is time to start working together to help the community.
“Unfortunately during elections you kind of get forced onto sides and I think what the important thing to remember is we all live here, we all love this community and there's a time when you set your differences aside and at least talk, because if you know what the other person is thinking you can understand and you can move forward,” said Bass. “We can't get anywhere if we draw lines.”
In the race for the 5th District Supervisor seat, incumbent Ryan Sundberg lead the way with 2,782 votes on Tuesday.
Sundberg received 61 percent of votes cast, while 5th District candidate Sharon Latour brought in 39 percent.
Sundberg is a Humboldt County native and was first elected to the board in 2010. He plans to continue focusing on improving public safety during his second term, as well as creating more resources for fifth district residents.
“I'm very happy and relieved,” Sundberg said. “You know, it's very nerve-wracking but it's nice to have the support of the community and know that there's that many people who believe in me and support our vision for this community for the 5th District. So, a lot of excitement.”
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