Friday, March 11, 2005

Fleming For Board of Supes?

So, Nancy Flemming, former Mayor of Eureka, is considering a run for the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. What'ya know? I'll have to say I'm no fan of the one she'll be running against- long time incumbent Bonne Neely. Ms. Neely, as best I can recall, has supported every tax increase proposal and every bond issue that's ever come up.

Both Flemming and Neely are registered Republicans although many locals refer to Neely as a Republican In Name Only (RINO). Would Flemming be an improvement? Hard to say and, quite honestly, I can't recall much of what Flemming did during her tenure as Mayor of Eureka. It might be good to mix up the content of the Board of Supervisors a bit, though. As it is, we have two Republicans, Neely and Rodoni on the Board and three Democrats (I think). Supervisors Geist, Wooley and Smith tend to be the "Moderate" to Left of Center types with Neely appearing, at least to me, to fall more in line with those three and Rodoni being the maverick on the board with somewhat libertarian leanings (although he did support Measure L, the recent proposal for a county wide sales tax increase, as did all the other board members).

So, without knowing wherein Flemming's personal political philosophy lies, exactly, it would be hard to say just how she would add or detract from the Board of Supervisors. One thing that does concern me about Fleming, though, is her past service as Mayor of Eureka. As I mentioned, I don't recall much, if anything, that she "did" as Mayor. But, I've noticed that most people who end up in local office end up, whether they started out that way or not, to be big government type people. Not saying there's anything wrong with that in and of itself, but that's the way it is. But, her incumbent opponent is pretty much a big government proponent already. It will be interesting to see how things develop in this campaign, should Flemming decide to actually run against Neely.

It's still way too early to know what will happen. We don't even know if someone else might throw their hat in the ring, as well, although Neely ran unopposed last time (and the time before as well, unless I'm mistaken).


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