Humboldt County Supervisors Questionnaire 2018

Humboldt County Supervisors

4th and 5th District
Candidate Questionnaire
Environmental Issues

Presented by The Northcoast Environmental Center

A primary mission of the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) is to educate citizens of the North Coast regarding environmental issues. This year, five candidates have declared their candidacies for the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. The NEC believes it is important for the electorate to be informed regarding the position of candidates on important environmental issues. We hope you will find the questionnaire and responses helpful in your personal choices when voting in the election on June 5, 2018.

The questionnaire was sent by email to each candidate for Humboldt County Board of Supervisors who had filed by the March 9 deadline: 4th District Candidates Virginia Bass, Dani Burkhart, and Mary Ann Lyons, and 5th District Candidates Steve Madrone and Ryan Sundberg.

In addition, a mailed letter was sent to all candidates reminding them of the emailed questionnaire. Due to the print deadline for this issue of EcoNews, the candidates were given ten days to complete the questionnaire, and responses were requested to be limited to 100 words for each question. We offer appreciation on behalf of our members and the public to the candidates who took the time to respond.

Each of the candidates received identical questions. Full responses were received from Virginia Bass, Dani Burkhart and Steve Madrone. The responses to each of the questions are presented in alphabetical order based upon the candidate’s district and last name. Responses were edited only for misspellings and are, otherwise, identical to the original answers received from the candidates.

The NEC made several attempts to contact and even extended the deadline for Ryan Sundberg and Mary Ann Lyons. Unfortunately, we received no response from Lyons. Ryan Sundberg eventually responded, stating, “I have been extremely busy this last week (at the CALCOG conference and two large packets to read for our Monday and Tuesday meetings), I apologize that I will not be able to fill it out. Thank you for thinking of me.” If we receive responses from either Sundberg or Lyons, it will be too late for the printed EcoNews, but we will post the responses on our website.

Citizens can find information regarding voter registration and voting procedures here:

If you’re not registered to vote, you can qualify as a conditional voter. Conditional voters are Humboldt County residents who are eligible to register to vote, but have not yet registered, or are registering with new information in the district where an election is being held. During the period of 14 days prior to Election Day through and including Election Day, an individual can visit the Humboldt County Office of Elections to conditionally register to vote and vote a subsequent conditional provisional ballot. The elections office is located at 2426 6th Street, Eureka.

Again, thank you to the candidates who took the time to answer the questionnaire. We hope you find the answers informative for your voting decisions on June 5.


Larry Glass
Executive Director


Click the subjects below to read the submitted responses:


Environmental Challenges




Economic Development

Sea Level Rise

Affordable Housing

Planning Commission


Click here (or the image below) to view the entire questionnaire pdf.

2018 Humboldt County Supervisors Questionnaire cover image

The questionnaire questions and responses may be reprinted in whole or in part, provided that full source credit is given to the NEC.