October 22, 2018 (MCKINLEYVILLE, CA) - True North Organizing Network will host a public forum with candidates for the Yurok Tribal Council Runoff Election on Monday, October 29th at 6:30 pm at McKinleyville High School, 1300 Murray Rd, McKinleyville, CA 95519. Frankie-Joe Myers and Susan Masten, candidates for Vice-Chair, and Laura White-Woods and Sherri Provolt, candidates for Orick Representative, will convene in the school’s Multi-Purpose Room. Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.
True North welcomes all community members to participate in this public forum, whether by attending in-person, watching the live stream of the event on our Facebook page (facebook.com/TrueNorthON), or submitting questions via facebook (bit.ly/yurok-runoff) or voicemail at 707-844-0217. We believe that civic engagement empowers our communities to hold our elected officials accountable. Our strong commitment to our families and the land that we live on demands that we act as a community.
Candidates will be asked questions centered around what it takes to keep community ties strong in the 21st century. True North’s River People’s Platform is focused on economic development, educational opportunity, the safety and health of our communities and the preservation of the region’s vast natural resources for our descendants. Candidates will have the opportunity to share with their constituents how they plan to help the Tribe leave a legacy of opportunity and healing for generations to come.
On the significance of this election, Yurok Tribal member and True North Leader Josh Norris says, “The Yurok Tribe’s influence in our region is growing. It is important that our council members represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences.” Chrystal Helton of Klamath, says “I want Yurok voters to have the opportunity to hear from candidates for Tribal Council so they become more informed and better able to align their votes with their values. ”
True North Organizing Network is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is not aligned explicitly or implicitly with any candidate or political party. While True North is working to promote civic participation including voter registration and education, our organization, including staff and volunteers, does not endorse, support, or oppose candidates for office. For more information, visit our website at truenorthorganizing.org.