Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Arroyo Leads Big in Fourth District But Runoff Possible

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2022 at 8:39 PM

click to enlarge Eureka City Councilmember Natalie Arroyo talks with a supporter of her bid for Fourth District supervisor on Election Night. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Eureka City Councilmember Natalie Arroyo talks with a supporter of her bid for Fourth District supervisor on Election Night.

The final election night report leaves Eureka City Councilmember Natalie Arroyo holding a commanding lead in the race for Humboldt County Fourth District supervisor but clinging delicately to the 50-percent threshold needed to avoid a November runoff. The last Election Night tally has Arroyo having taken 50.21 percent of the 2,354 ballots counted thus far in the race, with Mike Newman and Kim Bergel trailing with 35 and 15 percent of the vote respectively.

While Natalie Arroyo holds a commanding lead in the Fourth District supervisorial race, her vote tally continues to dip closer to the 50-percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff in November. After the fourth tally, with 2,354 votes counted in the race so far, Arroyo has 50.21 percent of the vote, trailed by Mike Newman with 34.71 percent and Kim Bergel with 15.08 percent.

With the third election night results only yielding 133 more votes, Natalie Arroyo continues to hold the lead for the Fourth District supervisor seat, with 51 percent of the 2,169 votes counted thus far. Mike Newman and Kim Bergel trail, with 33 percent and 15 percent of the vote, respectively.


With the second election night results in, Arroyo has held steady in her lead for the county's fourth district seat, with 52 percent of the vote to Bergel's 15 percent and Newman's 32 percent. The tally includes 2,036 votes counted so far.

Natalie Arroyo has taken an early lead in the race to replace Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass, who earlier this year announced she would not be running for re-election after serving the district that comprises the city of Eureka and the Samoa Peninsula for the last 12 years.

In the first Election Night return, which is comprised of ballots that arrived at the Humboldt County Elections office before today, Arroyo took 53 percent of the vote, while Kim Bergel took 15 percent and Mike Newman took 32 percent, with 1,947 ballots counted in the race thus far.

Arroyo, Bergel and Newman all have experience serving on the Eureka City Council, with Arroyo and Bergel both currently serving on the council but terming out this year. Newman, meanwhile, served on the council from 2010 through 2014.

Arroyo, a U.S. Coast Guard Reserve officer and resources manager with Redwood Community Action Agency, has worked in natural resources management for more than 15 years and is an environmental science and management instructor at Cal Poly Humboldt. Arroyo was first elected to the Eureka City Council in 2014 and then re-elected in 2018. As a council member, she serves as the Board Chair and the Eureka representative to the Humboldt Transit Authority. 

Bergel, an instructional aide for Eureka City Schools, first announced her bid to run for the fourth district seat in October. She has sat on the Eureka City Council since 2014 and was reelected in 2018. Bergel has worked with Transportation Safety Commission, the Community Access Project for Eureka (CAPE), UPLIFT Eureka and the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services’ MIST program.

Newman is currently an insurance agent in Eureka and a Humboldt County planning commissioner. He previously served as a Eureka City Councilmember from 2010 to 2014. As a council member, he chaired the Redwood Region Economic Development Council. In 2015, Newman was appointed to the Humboldt County Citizen's Advisory Committee on Measure Z.

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