Incumbents top spending in Humboldt County supervisors’ races

Rex Bohn gets the most campaign contributions

Above, a look the campaign finances reported by candidates for Humboldt County supervisor between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15. Note: The report due Friday from 2nd District candidate Rick French was not available at the Humboldt County Office of Elections.(Graphic by Sonia Waraich, the Times-Standard)
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The incumbents in the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors races are outspending their rivals, and the 1st District incumbent has come out as the clear front-runner as far as campaign contributions go.

Supervisor Rex Bohn received 40 contributions totaling $26,428.70, $3,166.70 of which were non-monetary, between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, according to the most recent campaign finance reports. That’s twice as much as his competitor, former radio DJ Cliff Berkowitz, who received 38 contributions totaling $13,213, or about half of what Bohn raised.

Bohn also vastly outspent Berkowitz so far this year, spending $41,840.14 compared to Berkowitz’s $7,472.

So far this year, Bohn has raised $30,116.70 and still has $48,244.08 in the bank. Berkowitz has raised $18,233 so far this year and currently has $14,419 in the bank.

Over a third of both candidates’ supporters were retirees. Berkowitz had union members, consultants and lawyers among his supporters while Bohn’s supporters included auto dealerships, local business owners and ranchers.

No one in the 2nd District race came close to the funds 1st District candidates raised.

The 2nd District incumbent, Estelle Fennell, raised $5,564 between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15 and has spent $18,945 on her campaign so far this year, leaving her with a cash balance of $29,843. In total, Fennell has raised $9,042 this year.

Fennell received nine contributions from a couple retirees, a rancher, two business owners, regional waste disposal company Recology and unions, including the local Operating Engineers chapter, Building and Construction Trades Council of Humboldt County and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Michelle Bushnell, of the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce, spent $11,234, which happens to be more than the $5,880 she raised so far this year and in this reporting period, leaving her as the only candidate with a negative cash balance of -$5,354.

Bushnell received 10 contributions, three from self-employed individuals, an engineer, a couple ranchers, a retail associate, a bank teller, a retired public school teacher and a tire service.

Entrepreneur Sean DeVries has raised $450 so far this reporting period and $3,050 so far this year. DeVries has spent $2,942.59 so far this year, leaving him with $107.41.

DeVries received four donations: three from retirees and one from himself.

Michael McKaskle, of the Redway Community Services District, raised $1,916.26 this reporting period, $231.21 of which was in loans, and $4,915.26 this year. He’s spent $3,153.77, leaving him with a cash reserve of $2,362.49.

This period, McKaskle received three donations, including one from himself, one from a retiree and one from a Myers Flat farmer.

There was no campaign finance report for Hydesville resident Rick French at the Humboldt County Office of Elections.

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