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Humboldt CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 4

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Dani Burkhart

Environmental Planning Consultant
1,100 votes (21.62%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Affordable and Accessible Housing: Affordable housing is one of the greatest challenges facing our community. I will support diverse solutions and appropriate developments that make housing accessible to members of our community.
  • Responsible Jobs and Projects Plan: I will support infrastructure investments that will bring economic development to the County. These include maintenance of our road systems and improvements to broadband internet access.
  • Transparency and Accountability: I commit to having an open door policy and working with the community as a whole to implement long-term solutions for a resilient Humboldt. We need a forensic audit to ensure that funds are directed at our priorities.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Environmental Planning Consultant
Environmental Planning Consultant, Emerald Heritage Farms (2015–current)

Education

Humboldt State University Bachelors of Science, Environmental Science- Energy and Climate Studies, Minor in Economics (2013)

Community Activities

Vice-Treasurer, Humboldt County Democrats (2017–current)
Treasurer, Humboldt County Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (2016–current)

Biography

My name is Dani Burkhart and I am running for fourth district supervisor because I care about this community and I want to work towards a sustainable and bright future for Humboldt County. I will take my experience in community building and policy, and put it to work for the good of our whole county. I will stand for transparency and accountability, for the rights of our community to be involved in our governance, and I will have an open door and be engaged with all community groups in identifying long-term solutions. I believe that this community is capable of great potential when we build the bridges in our community and have accountable leaders with that vision. 

As an environmental planning consultant, I regularly build bridges between county and state agencies, and business owners to navigate the permitting process and negotiate agreements that help protect our natural resources and our small businesses. I use the training from my Humboldt State degree in Environmental Science to translate the needs of both land occupant and agency into actionable solutions.

 

As a nationally recognized expert on the cannabis industry and its effects on rural economic development:

  •  I have been interviewed by Rolling Stone, local and statewide news outlets, public radio shows, and state agencies such as the Employment Development Department, CA Department of Food and Agriculture, and Bureau of Cannabis Control; building bridges between Humboldt’s experience and what the rest of the country/state are facing. 

  • I have participated in the latest update to the Humboldt County Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) which shapes local and regional policy. 

  • I have organized and led guided tours for state officials such as: Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Representative Jared Huffman, Assemblymember Jim Wood, Senator Mike McGuire, and candidate for State Treasurer Fiona Ma, building bridges between the reality we face, and the vision of the State of California​

Our community is what drives me. I routinely volunteer my time for cleanups, events and other opportunities to help the community through various organizations serving our county’s families, children, pets and environment. I pick up garbage on my daily neighborhood walks with my dog, have publicly supported in-home caregivers seeking a living wage, and the efforts to declare a shelter crisis while working to find solutions for homelessness, just to name a few recent examples. I believe in supporting the efforts of those who are already working for the community good and taking whatever small daily steps I can to make a positive impact.

Another need I saw in our community was a way of bringing together the members of the blossoming legal cannabis industry, a sector of our community that has long been divided in a culture of silence. I co-founded the Humboldt County Cannabis Chamber of Commerce to build bridges within the cannabis community and our larger community as we enter this new era of legalization.

 

In 2016, the rise of Bernie Sanders and his ideals of making government accountable to the people, compelled me to do something more. I joined the Humboldt County Democrats to help change the face of the party and was elected to the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee as the Vice-Treasurer in January 2017.

 

My roots in Humboldt County are strong, and the North Coast is where I grew up. I graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Economics, and will bring both my knowledge and experience to the 4th District Supervisor seat when deciding on public policy and future projects.

 

Help me build bridges for a brighter future in Humboldt County with your vote for Dani Burkhart on June 5, thank you for your support!

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My name is Dani Burkhart and I am running for fourth district supervisor because I care about this community and I want to work towards a sustainable and bright future for Humboldt County. I believe in decision-making based on the best available information using data and community input to implement the best possible solutions. I commit myself to a transparent, equitable and accountable decision-making process for the voters of Humboldt County.  I believe that this community is capable of great potential when we build the bridges in our community and have accountable leaders with that vision. 

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