Madrone has the skills for Humboldt County

I support Steve Madrone for supervisor. I’ve known and worked with Steve for 20-plus years in economic development and natural resource and environmental restoration.

We participated in the National Network of Forest Practitioners in the 1990s, with leaders from rural areas seeking solutions to rebuild their communities following the decline of the timber industry. Steve stood out as he was always looking for incentives to promote sustainable development and restoration, focusing on practical and creative solutions. He is an advocate for the carrot instead of the stick. Because of his effectiveness, he quickly became a national leader and spokesperson for rebuilding rural, natural-resource based communities.

This and similar experiences at the local, state, and national level led him to become politically savvy, understanding what can be fixed by policy versus other means. This is a critical skill for our supervisors. Steve is among a small group of local residents with this level of experience. I think he will be extremely effective in developing local policy, as well as lobbying for Humboldt County at the state and national levels.

Steve is a good manager. As the executive director of the Mattole Salmon Group and Redwood Community Action Agency’s Natural Resources Division, he knows how to manage grants and people, a much-needed skill for our supervisors.

In addition to Steve’s commitment and passion to make Humboldt County a great place to live and work, he has the skills to achieve this. For this reason, I support Steve Madrone for supervisor.

Tracy Katelman, Registered Professional Forester #2483, Eureka