Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Uri Driscoll Announces a bid for the 3rd

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A second rider has emerged in the race for Mark Lovelace's 3rd District supervisor seat, which he will vacate at the end of 2016. 

Uri Driscoll, a horseman, farrier and longtime Journal letter writer, announced via press release this afternoon that he will challenge Harbor Commissioner Mike Wilson, who announced his candidacy for the seat a couple weeks ago.

In the release, Driscoll describes himself as a "tireless advocate for sustainable trail systems" and the environment — though his efforts have not been without controversy. His trail advocacy has irked cyclists, and his extended war on the war on non-native European beach grass in native dunes has led to discord with enviro types like Friends of the Dunes, of which Wilson is president.

Driscoll supported Lovelace opponent Karen Brooks in her unsuccessful 2012 bit to unseat the incumbent.

From Driscoll:

Longtime Arcata businessman and environmental advocate Uri Driscoll announced today his candidacy for Humboldt County third district supervisor. Driscoll has lived in Humboldt County for 33 of his 55 years where he lives with his wife, dogs, horses and assortment of other critters. He has operated his professional farrier business for 26 years. During that time he has had the privilege of getting to know a wide variety of people and understand perspectives on everything from lack of public process to improving our schools and public safety.

“It is clear that the public’s interest is not only in grandiose schemes but in the day to day smaller things that make our lives fulfilling and rewarding,” Driscoll said.
Driscoll has been one of the tireless advocates for sustainable trail systems through his work with various horsemen’s associations and his daily use of community trails. Concerted efforts by Driscoll and others have made sure that coastal plant eradication projects take into account the unintended and detrimental effects to coastal wetlands, valuable wildlife habitats and the increased exposure to risks associated with expected sea level rise.

As third district supervisor he plans to bring together ideas and concerns from the diverse voices of the district and county.

“We have the opportunity to be innovative in our approach to enhancing the many aspects of Humboldt County life we hold dear,” Driscoll said. “That approach will require being inclusive and open to fresh, creative ideas while honoring our history and those who have worked so hard before us.”

As a life-long Democrat, Driscoll understands that sound, sensible solutions are found by including a wide spectrum of ideas from community members as well as soliciting broad minded experts.

“Our challenges include protecting our infrastructure, homes and agriculture lands from expected sea level rise, reigning in the rampant destruction from marijuana grows and providing support and encouragement for the development of sustainable, living-wage jobs,” Driscoll said.

Driscoll strongly feels the need to engage resourcefulness and teamwork to create a better community and that the county’s challenges will take out-of-the-box thinking and commitment that he enjoys bringing to the table.

“My role as third district supervisor will be to work effectively with the people of the third district, county staff and fellow supervisors to include a wide variety of perspectives to develop responsible and affordable solutions to make this place we call home even better,” Driscoll said.

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