Everyone in Eureka has surely heard of the highly suspicious shenanigans when it comes to the candidates who actually ended up running for office in Eureka.
First, in the 2nd Ward, Chet Albin and village idiot Matthew Owen both withdrew from the race at the last second, only to have a surprise candidate-elect show up in the form of local pastor Heidi Messner.
Not to be outdone in the “shady politics” department, would-be challenger Allen McCloskey drops out of the 4th Ward race only to be replaced immediately after by his hospital lackey, Austin Allison.
Humboldt County politics, right? Got to love them.
We’ll be generous and say that could all be coincidence. But a recent post on the esteemed and Honorable John Chiv’s blog (reproduced in full below!) drew attention to a couple of things that had THC really wondering if Allison and several sitting members of the Eureka City Council knew what they were getting in to by helping Allison collect the signatures required to run for office. We won’t beat the dead horse when it comes to Chiv’s concern with Allison’s with fundraising, but a comment on the story piqued our interest.
The story was all over the Lost Coast Outpost, and the Times-Standard. Heck, there was even a picture on the front page of aa Eureka City Council member signing Allison’s papers for him.
Which makes one wonder, first off, why City Council members are involving themselves in getting people into elections.
More than that, however, it makes THC wonder how stupid the Council members are to help someone campaign on City property. That’s like, totally illegal, and grounds for disqualification from a race (or at the least a heavy, heavy fine). So shouldn’t the Council members, who have gone through the rat race of elections themselves, been a little more savvy on this?
Signing papers for a presumptive candidate that you want to run but doing it in a way that can potentially disqualify them right off the bat is just plain stupid. That’s all we can say.
As a side-note, we’ve also heard from a few different corners that the health problems that forced Allen McCloskey out of the race aren’t really problems with mental and/or physical health, and we’re admittedly stumped as to what those problems are. THC’s normally infallible sources are failing, so we put it to our righteous readers (that’s you!) to clue us in on what actually happened there. Let us know if you catch wind of anything!
John Chiv’s original post:
I took Austin Allison’s sister’s offer up to share her facebook post about contributions from out of the area
So Austin Allison needs contributions from out of the area?
Linda Atkins, North Coast People’s alliance and all those “local” backers could not garner enough support locally?
Just like Austin Allison changed his facebook to state living in Eureka, after that was pointed in comments; let’s see how fast this profile gets switched to private. Text included below.
Sally Allison DeLeon, who lives in Colorado, shared this on her facebook:
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE 😀🇺🇸
This is my brother, Austin Allison. He is running for Eureka City Council! He’s been involved in organizing a union at the hospital he’s worked for the past 6 years fighting for fair wages and safer nurse/patient ratios. He is the ideal advocate for the working families of his community, giving a voice to those who normally don’t have one. PLEASE spread the word to anyone you know in the Eureka, CA area to get out and VOTE! ✅
Austin Allison for Eureka City Council!! 💙🇺🇸
If you don’t live in the area but would still like to support his campaign, you can send all contributions to:
“Austin for City Council”
1602 Hodgson Street
Eureka, CA 95503
And who recruited Austin Allison?
According to this facebook post, Allen McCloskey and the same people backing Allen McCloskey. I don’t see comments on social media complaining about this last minute filing.
Text of that post which was from August 17:
URGENT – Our only progressive candidate for Eureka City Council has to back out due to health concerns. Allen has recruited a replacement candidate, Austin Allison. We need signatures from registered Eureka voters between now and 5:00 TODAY to get him on the ballot – please go to the lobby at city hall if you can sign, and/or help spread the word! – Tamara
By the way, Austin, you have no telephone number to contact you. That business card I gave you for that written statement never got emailed. Do your “supporters” tell you to only talk to select media sources they approve of?