Rex Bohn to seek First District seat


Bohn wants the seat now held by Jimmy Smith on the Board of Supervisors.

Here’s the raw press release from Bohn:

REX BOHN ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR FIRST DISTRICT SUPERVISOR Eureka, CA, June 3, 2011– Rex Bohn, well-known community leader, youth advocate and founder of Redwood Fields Ballpark in Cutten has announced his intention to focus his energy and dedication to seeking the First District Supervisorial seat in 2012. A formal campaign announcement will take place on July 7th at Redwood Fields from 12-1 p.m. The public is invited. Rex is a lifelong resident of Humboldt County . As a child, his parents owned The Park Grocery on Hodgson St. in Eureka , where he greeted customers and learned first-hand the value of customer service and the economics of running a business. “To make a community better, you must be involved,” said Rex, who has been serving the community since 1977 when he chaired the Humboldt/Del Norte Special Olympics. He has worked for 40 years in Humboldt County as a small business owner and in management positions with local employers. Rex has what it takes to help build and sustain Humboldt County’s economic future and looks forward to focusing his efforts to create positive solutions for Humboldt County families. Rex is well-known as the driving force behind the Redwood Fields Ballpark. This recreational facility continues to host over 450 baseball, football, basketball, bocce ball and soccer games each year. His fundraising efforts as volunteer Auctioneer on behalf of hundreds of local non-profits are unparalleled; having raised more than $7 million…and counting. “Rex is, without a doubt, one of the most dedicated, involved people in Humboldt County,” said Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass. Rex has served on the Board of Directors for many local organizations; notably 10 years on the Redwood Acres Fair Board of Directors, and three years on the Board of the Eureka Chamber of Commerce. He has also received numerous awards and honors for his service to the youth of our county. Accolades such as the St. Bernards High School Hall of Fame; Boys & Girls Club Youth Mentor of the Year; PTA Honorary service Award; The Women in Timber Lifetime Member; and Congressional Volunteer Service Award, exemplify how Rex’s leadership transcends from local to state levels. Rex Bohn is committed to bringing his life-long passion for community activism to Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors in 2012. Rex is the change our county needs, and the driving force to make it happen.



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17 responses to “Rex Bohn to seek First District seat

  1. Anonymous

    Rex Bohn, brought to you my Matthew Owen

    Thanks Matt

  2. roxana

    I like Rex, but doesn’t rex live in the 4th district?

  3. tra

    Was the whole press release really one big paragraph like that?

    • jackdurham

      No. It had paragraphs. I copied and pasted it. For reasons I don’t understand Word Press made it one giant paragraph. I would fix it, but after a giant plate of mole enchiladas and a Cadillac margarita from Rita’s I’m feeling kind of lazy. – Jack

  4. Schwingerkönig

    Rex lives in the first district.

  5. 4oceans

    Given the massive amount of shoreline and coastal resources in this district, it would have been nice to hear a word or two about coastal protection….. I get it that Rex is all about ‘community’ and ballparks, but what about the beach?

  6. Snickerdoodles

    Some people better serve their community as volunteers – normally above the fray of politics. Why would Rex want to soil his many years of selfless service through self aggrandizing promotion. All politics is dirty.
    Stick to doing what you do best Rex, and don’t soil your reputation with partisanship. Tell the little devil on your shoulder (that’s you Matt) to go to hell.

  7. Anonymous

    I think Rex is great and will be a guy who can make a decision. I have always ‘liked” Jimmy but he has zero leadership qualities. I am grateful for Jimmy’ service (?) but am so HAPPY that Rex is on board. FYU jimmy for the 1st time I won’t vote for you. Please go gracefully.

  8. Anon

    Jimmy is a really nice person but waffles on his vote and has done so for quite a while. I know Rex and he would be a good person as he cares for his community, but another person that has been stated to run is Farley. I know him somewhat and know him to be a fair person so this could be an interesting race between two community leaders.

    There are lots of things to be decided in the first district (that I don’t live in) but know quite a few people that live there and they are not happy campers at this time over how that district is going. This is probably going to end up being another big money campaign between a couple of nice people that could represent the 1st District very well. But that’s politics in Humboldt County.

  9. First District voter

    I fear the people who do not “waffle.” They do not deliberate, think, weigh alternatives, nor listen to reason. Jimmy is thoughtful and considerate. We’re lucky to have him serve, and I hope that someone with his qualities will run.

  10. Anonymous

    Rex has a lot of Smith qualities. He is kind and he is giving. In addition he can make decisions. I like Jimmy but he has been on the board a long time and its time for a change. Change is good.

  11. Anonymous

    Be careful folks…..Rex Bohn is very conservative and aligned strongly with business. If you want coastal issues and smart growth to be represented responsibly by your new County Supervisor, I don’t imagine that Rex is the right vote for you. Yes, he will be strongly supported by Virginia Bass and her husband. To be clear though: I like Virginia Bass quite a bit and her heart and focus are in the right place. But her husband, Matt Owen, is a scheming, slimy, and dishonest man, so whenever I hear him say the sky is blue, I tend to look out my windows and expect clouds.

  12. Anonymous

    Anon 3:00. You are not very smart. Smart growth/coastal issues, believe it or not there is a whole lot of issues that need to be dealt with, not just your silly buzz word stuff. Since when is being conservative/supporting business a bad thing. Also if you can’t figure out the color of the sky for yourself, you are in no position to give anyone advice on how to vote.

  13. Few people have done more to selflessly, not selfishly, serve their community. Rex is a working man and does know a lot about the business world, but he has fought hard to keep spaces open for soccer and ball fields for our kids. And the best part is that most of what he did was without a bunch of government dole. All those projects he worked on raised the property values of those neighborhoods and Eureka is a better place to work, live and play.

    I am looking forward to Rex throwing his hat in and his ideas to move Humboldt County forward economically. We need jobs so families will stay and keep their kids in our schools. We need more non-politicians, because after all, real people from the real world are more accountable and don’t put up with the fraud and the waste.

    If Rex is successful that will mean someone else will need to step up to help out at all the fundraisers he helps with each week. It is too early for endorsements, this it is my two cents to say we need good people, like Rex, to stick their necks out, run for office, and if elected do all they can to fix our problems. Just as important is when to say, “When”. After all, this is selfless public service not a career path.

    Good luck Rex!

  14. Anonymous

    I have known Rex for many years. He is a nice enough guy as long as you don’t disagree with him or get in his way (politically). So far as i can tell, he will do any and every thing possible to get what he wants. He reeks of cronyism. Be careful Rex supporters – you may get what you wish for.

  15. anonoymous

    My experiences as of Rex growing up in the local high school was that he was very insensitive and bullying of people that were different. Nothing against auctioneers but his capacity of being a fast talker will suit his career as a Politician.

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