For Immediate Release Contact: Conrad Gregory
May 29, 2012 (707)616-2676
Today, Assemblymember Jared Huffman announced the endorsement of the Yurok Tribe and the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria in his bid for the open seat in the 2nd Congressional District. The Yurok Tribe is the largest in California with over 5000 enrolled members. The Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria is a federally recognized tribe located near the city of Trinidad in Northern California.
“We’ve had the pleasure of working with Assemblymember Huffman at the state level on issues that are very important to the Tribe,” said Yurok Chairman Thomas O’Rourke. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with him at the Federal level.”
Huffman is the front-runner in the 2nd Congressional District race and has secured key endorsements from a broad base of North Coast leaders, including elected tribal members.
“We are confident that Jared’s leadership within the 2nd Congressional District will give North Coast communities, including Native American tribes, the representation needed to bring exciting changes and economic, social, and environmental advances to our region,” said Garth Sundberg, Chairman of the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the TrinidadRancheria.
“We are very pleased with Huffman’s record when it comes to natural resource and water issues,” said Troy Fletcher, Executive Director of the Yurok Tribe. “His strong leadership on issues like river restoration and saving our local state parks from closure is what will make him a great Congressman for our rural district.”
These tribes join many other North Coast community leaders in supporting Jared Huffman for Congress, the list includes: Congressman Mike Thompson, North Coast Assemblymember Wes Chesbro, Humboldt County Supervisor Jimmy Smith, Humboldt County Supervisor Ryan Sundberg, Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County Sheriff Michael Downey, Arcata Councilmember Mark Wheetley, Eureka Councilmember Linda Atkins, Former North Coast Assemblymember Patty Berg and Former Humboldt County Supervisor Bonnie Neely. For a full list of endorsements please visit www.jaredhuffman/endorsements
About Jared Huffman
Jared Huffman currently represents Southern Sonoma and Marin Counties in the California State Assembly. Huffman started his political career as a member of the Marin Municipal Water District (MWWD) in 1994. He served 12 years on the board, including three terms as Board President before besting five Democrats in a heavily contested race for the State Assembly in the June 2006 Primary.
Huffman graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and cum laude from Boston College Law School. Prior to law school he was a three-time NCAA All-American athlete and was a member of USA Volleyball Team in 1987 when the team was ranked #1 in the world and had recently won the world championship. Huffman lives in Marin with his wife Susan, a teacher, and their children, Abby (age 12) and Nathan (age 9). In his free time, Huffman enjoys fishing, tennis and home winemaking.
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