Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Monday, Oct. 31 @ 3:16 p.m.

Susan Masten Rakes In the Dough, Outspends Other Del Norte Supervisor Candidates; More on Campaign Finances


Susan Masten (right) received more than twice the amount of donations as her District 5 supervisor opponent, former sheriff Dean Wilson (left).

Joey Borges did not form a committee in his efforts to run for Del Norte County's District 4 supervisor seat. His opponent Patty Adams (right) did. | File photo: Jessica C. Andrews

Susan Masten received more contributions and outspent more than any other candidate running for seats on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.

At $24,931 since the beginning of the year, Masten, a former Yurok Tribal Councilwoman, received more than twice the amount of donations her District 5 opponent, former sheriff Dean Wilson did, according to campaign finance reports ending Oct. 22. This includes using $925 of her own money to fund her campaign, which is listed as an outstanding loan.

Masten was appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill the vacant District 5 supervisorial seat after her predecessor, Bob Berkowitz, died in March. Since that time she has spent $13,934.66 on her campaign, according to her finance reports.

In addition to the District 5 run-off election, the other supervisorial seat up for grabs is District 4. Local realtor Patty Adams, and Joey Borges, who owns an excavation company, are competing in that run-off election.

Though Borges was the top vote-getter in the June 7 primary election, he has not formed a committee or submitted any campaign finance information, Del Norte County Clerk-Recorder Alissia Northrup told the Wild Rivers Outpost on Thursday.

In the other contested races for Tuesday’s general election, only one candidate for Crescent City Harbor District and one candidate for Del Norte Unified School District Board of Trustees has filed their Form 460s. According to Northrup, this means they don’t plan to spend or receive more than $2,000 in their campaign.

Candidates competing for seats in the Nov. 8 general election must have filed their campaign finance report papers by Oct. 27, according to Northrup. This is the final campaign finance filing before the election unless a candidate receives a single donation of $1,000 or more, Northrup said.

Del Norte County voters will also weigh in on ballot measures T and U, which would repeal the 1 percent sales tax measures for the city and county that voters approved in 2020.

A committee has been created to urge voters to uphold Measure S, the city’s 1 percent sales tax, by voting down Measure T. As of Oct. 22, “Citizens to Keep Crescent City Safe and Strong” has raised $4,364 and spent $4355.99. It has an ending cash balance of $8.01.

Significant donors to the No on Measure T campaign include local accountant and all-around bigwig Kevin Hartwick, who has contributed a total of $1,000. Local roofer Troy Duncan, True North Organizing Network and the Del Norte Association of Realtors also each contributed $500 to the No on Measure T campaign.

No on Measure T campaign expenditures include $3,337.61 to Vista Print for signs, flyers and mailers and $798 to Bicoastal Media for radio advertising.

Proponents of the tax repeals have not created committees.
Masten, who had a beginning cash balance of $9,393.62 when the current filing period began on Sept. 25, received an additional $8,674 in donations and spent $7,071.28 as of Oct. 22. Masten’s ending cash balance was $10,996.34, according to her campaign finance report.

Masten’s largest donations include a total of $7,000 from SEIU 2015, which represents long-term caregivers in California; $3,000 from SEIU Local 1021; and $3,000 from the Building and Construction Trades Council for Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
In May, the Central Labor Council for Humboldt and Del Norte counties donated $1,500 toward Masten’s campaign, while the Yurok Tribe contributed $2,000.

Individual donations to Masten’s campaign include $250 from Yurok Tribal Court Judge Abby Abinanti and $500 from associate Yurok Tribal Court Judge William Bowers.

Major expenditures for Masten’s campaign include $4,620 to Bicoastal Media for radio advertising; $479 to Country Media Inc. for advertising in the Del Norte Triplicate and $379.90 to AdPro for t-shirts.

In contrast to his opponent, Wilson is largely funding his own campaign. Between Sept. 25 and Oct. 22, Wilson loaned his campaign $1,500. From the calendar year to-date, Wilson has loaned his campaign a total of $6,500, according to his finance reports.

Since he began campaigning prior to the June 7 election, Wilson has received a total of $3,929 in monetary contributions and $404 in non-monetary contributions. For the period ending Oct. 22, Wilson has received a total of $3,771 and has spent a little over $1,150. Wilson’s campaign has an ending cash balance of $2,797.91.

Some of his larger donations as of Oct. 27 include $300 from Log Cabin Diner, of Klamath and $200 from Jim and Martha Keeling, Mario and Jeanne Westphal and Ken Percy. Leslie Barnes, of TAB & Associates, donated $100 to Wilson’s campaign.

Between July 1 and Sept. 24, Wilson also received $208 in unitemized contributions of less than $100. Wilson also received a non-monetary donation of toys valued at $404 from Los Angeles-based Barry-Owen Co.

Wilson’s major expenditures include $496 to In-Motion Graphics, of Brookings, for banners, and $654.09 to Times Printing in Eureka for mailers and postage.

Adams, who came in second behind Borges in initial District 4 supervisorial race, reported receiving a total of $11,695 in contributions and loans as of Oct. 22. This includes a total of $7,945 in donations since before the June 7 primary election.

Like Wilson, Adams is paying for her own campaign in the form of loans to the tune of $3,750 between Jan. 1 and Oct. 22. She has since repaid or have been forgiven $1,000 of that loan and has an outstanding balance of $2,750.

After spending $2,760.78 between Sept. 25 and Oct. 22, Adams’ campaign currently has an ending cash balance of $1,839.08.

Major donations to Adams as of Oct. 22 include $4,900 from SEIU Local 2015 and a total of $1,000 from California Real Estate Political Action Committee. Adams also received a $1,000 donation from Sean Eaddy, owner of the Bodega Bay Fish Co.

Primary expenditures for Adams’ campaign include $1,146.57 to Adrianna Harris, of Crescent City, for campaign paraphernalia; $1,581.78 to Engage Voters US for campaign consulting; $1,230 to Bridgeview Press, of Cave Junction for campaign paraphernalia; and $996 to Bicoastal Media for advertising.

Kevin Hendrick, chair of the Del Norte County Democratic Central Committee, is the only candidate for Crescent City Harbor District to file campaign finance reports. Hendrick is challenging incumbents Rick Shepherd and Gerhard Weber as well as newcomers Linda Sutter and Annie Nehmer for one of two seats up for grabs.

As of Oct. 22, Hendrick has received $3,662 in cash contributions and $56.33 in non-monetary contributions. Hendrick also contributed to his own campaign in the form of a $375 loan, according to his campaign finance reports.

Hendrick’s ending cash balance as of Oct. 22 is $1,297.96.
Donors to Hendrick’s campaign include the Building and Construction Trades Council of Humboldt and Del Norte counties, which donated $500; the Del Norte Democratic Central Committee, which donated $250; and current Harbor Commissioner Brian Stone, who donated $200. Hendrick also received a total of $1,762 in unitemized contributions less than $100.

The Del Norte Democratic Central Committee also donated $56.33 in the form of an ad, according to Hendrick’s campaign finance information.

For the DNUSD Board of Trustees, only Phillip Williams, who is running for Trustee Area 5 against retired special education teacher Michael Greer, filed his campaign finance reports. Williams, a Yurok Tribal Councilor for the North District, received a total of $3,890 in contributions and between Sept. 25-Oct. 24 had spent $1,696.38.

As of Oct. 22, Williams’ ending cash balance was $643.41.

Williams’ largest donations came from Elk Valley Rancheria, which donated $1,000, and the Yurok Tribe, which donated $1,500. The Del Norte Democratic Central Committee donated $250 and current school board member, Don McArthur donated $100 to Williams’ campaign. McArthur is running unopposed for the Trustee Area 1 seat on the DNUSD Board.

Williams also received $542 in unitemized contributions of less than $100.

Williams’ major expenditures include $1,319.42 to Vista Print for signs and stickers.

For more information about the Nov. 8, 2022 election, visit the Del Norte County Elections Office website.


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