Audio: Humboldt County 5th District Supervisor Forum

May 8, 2018

Ryan Sundberg (left) and Steve Madrone (right)

In case you missed the Humboldt County 5th District Supervisor Forum on May 7, 2018, the full audio of the candidates--Steve Madrone and incumbent Ryan Sundberg--is available here. The forum was produced by the Humboldt County League of Women Voters through PBS North Coast. KHSU simulcasted the forum. 

The 5th district represents the communities of Fieldbrook, Hoopa, Korbel, McKinleyville, Orleans, Orick, Trinidad, Weitchpec, Westhaven and Willow Creek. 

Here are the candidate's statements and bios via their respective websites: 

Steve Madrone-I am running for 5th District Supervisor because we need better balance on the board. When we have equal consideration of all perspectives it creates a better chance for lasting solutions. I love Humboldt County's people and natural resources and want to find innovative, long lasting solutions to challenges we face in our communities. As a successful business owner, teacher and executive director, I've worked to bring together people with multiple interests to create positive change. I see some of the biggest challenges that our country faces right now being creative living wage jobs, reducing crime, addiction and homelessness, and ensuring healthy rivers, forests and beaches. 

We need fair representation, accessible participation and honest consideration for all sides of an issue. I will work on solutions to create a healthy, safe and sustainable community that we will be proud to leave our children and grandchildren. I hope you give me the opportunity to work for you as your 5th district supervisor. 

Ryan Sundberg-Ryan Sundberg has lived in beautiful Humboldt County all his life. His father was a logger who loved coaching baseball and with Ryan’s mother enjoyed their growing family. Summers were spent at the one-room family cabin on the Klamath River, fishing, boating and swimming. 

When Ryan was 15, his father lost his life in a logging accident. Through this loss the family was embraced by a large and loving circle of family and friends from throughout the community. His mother eventually remarried and lives today in Willow Creek. Ryan attended local schools and went on to College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

At 21-years-old, Ryan was elected to the Trinidad Rancheria Tribal Council, going on to be reelected five times and ultimately serving for 14 years. In that time, the Rancheria and its casino grew from 25 employees to more than two hundred, providing good wages with health and retirement benefits. 

The Council also brought in state and federal grants totaling more than $50 million to fund community projects. These projects significantly improved the environment of Trinidad Bay and the local area, created good-paying jobs, and added much needed dollars to the local economy. 

After college, Ryan worked as an independent insurance broker, striving to help his clients by providing the highest level of service and the best and most affordable insurance protection available.Humboldt State University's Business Advisory Council sought Ryan as a member in 2005 to help the Business School chart its future and keep students connected with local businesses. 

Ryan joined the Mad River Rotary, helping raise funds to expand the McKinleyville Sheriff's Sub-Station, update the Senior Center, provide scholarships for graduating high school students, install bleachers at Hiller Sports Park and scoreboards and a greenhouse at McKinleyville High School, and to support the library’s expansion.

In 2010, Ryan was elected as Supervisor for Humboldt County’s 5th District. He was reelected in 2014. Serving as Supervisor has been one of the most rewarding challenges of Ryan’s life. He is a member of the California Coastal Commission and serves on numerous boards and committees to help improve conditions in his favorite place in the world, the beautiful 5th District. 

Ryan married Kimberly Watson, the love of his life, in July 2001. Kim was also born and raised in McKinleyville and today is a teacher at Fieldbrook Elementary School. The Sundbergs are proud parents of their daughter Sofie, an 8th grader who, like her dad, loves playing basketball. In his time off work, Ryan enjoys being at home with his family, traveling, visiting friends and family, playing baseball, basketball or golf, and always enjoying the beautiful mountains, rivers and ocean of the amazing 5th District.