Voter & Election Information

Voted Stickers on a roll
meet THE FORTUNA CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES RUNNING IN the november 8, 2022 election!!!

KYLE CONLEY - Security guard/firefighter
Kyle Conley was born and raised in Fortuna and has lived his family’s motto, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” He is part of the solution coaching youth sports, is President of the Fortuna Elementary School District school board, rising through the ranks to a Captain of the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department over the last  15 years, serving on the Measure E Committee, volunteering with Hops in Humboldt, helping the next generation as an instructor for 4-H, raising his two sons with his wife Angela, and always ready to lend a hand to friends and neighbors. Kyle believes in ensuring that everyone is heard, valued, and has opportunity. He knows that Fortuna has responsibility to its youth, its senior citizens, its workers, its residents, its volunteers, and its future; it takes a village for everyone to get what they need. He’s ready to bear that responsibility of working on Fortuna’s City Council leading that village.

Code of fair campaign practices
Form 501 candidate intention statement
form 700 statement of economic interest
Conley Endorsements

Fortuna is a growing city that retains a small town community atmosphere, a trait that is disappearing elsewhere. I enjoyed raising my children here and love seeing my grandchildren joining in the many activities throughout the year.
I worked in Fortuna Public Works for over 25 years, including 10 years as General Services Superintendent. 

I have worked on projects with the Chamber of Commerce and local community groups. As a Council member and board member of the Fortuna Rodeo Association and Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo Committee, I have worked with stakeholders to safely and successfully bring back these community events. Having served as a member of the Fortuna City Council since 2018, I worked to adopt a balanced budget, and to keep our community friendly and safe.

I support jobs, economic development and the small-town atmosphere that makes Fortuna special. I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Fortuna. If reelected I will continue to vote for decisions that will bring the most benefit to the city and our citizens within our budget and to be an advocate for the people of Fortuna. 

code of fair campaing practices
form 501 candidate intention statement
form 470 officeholder and campaign statement shortform
form 700 statement of economic interest
Henry wotherspoon - businessman 
I have been a resident of Fortuna for most of my life, born and raised here in The Friendly City. If elected I would take steps towards increased communication with the community, an overall increase in expenditure transparency, and of course better representation for the younger generations.

I have a strong desire to see our city thrive and believe being on the council will grant me the tools necessary to bring our community closer together.

I ask for your support in my endeavor and thank those who cast a vote for me. A vote for me is a vote for a truly Friendly City.
code of fair campaign practices
form 501candidate intention statement
form 407 officeholder and campaign statement shortform
form 700 statement of economic interest

I’ve lived and worked in Fortuna for 37 years. I’ve always wanted to give back to my community in whatever way that I could.  I have done that by volunteering on the Fortuna Fire Ladies Auxiliary, volunteering to help raise funds for new equipment and upgrades for Redwood Memorial Hospital, being a member of the Fortuna Measure E Committee since its inception, as well as other committees as needed.

I strongly believe that the key foundation of our city is the agencies that provide safety: Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works, etc.  I think that they should be supported, as reasonably as possible to help make their jobs function at the highest level of service. 

Fortuna is a great city, and like any well-oiled machine it takes continuous effort to maintain and grow it.  One thing to know about me is that I am not afraid to ask the difficult questions and spend the time researching to make informed decisions on issues that will come up during my term as a City Council member.  I am asking for your vote and look forward to being your advocate as a Fortuna City Council member.CODE OF FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES

arlene spiers - business financial professional

I have lived in Fortuna for 45 years, graduated from Fortuna Union High School and College of the Redwoods.  My daughter, grandchildren, parents, brothers, sisters, nephews, and nieces also live in Fortuna and its surrounding areas.  This truly is a great place to live, and I look forward to serving my community.

I have over 20 years of experience working in the field of business finances, as a business manager in a school district where I created and maintained a 10-million-dollar budget with a 3-year forecast, and most recently for a health care services organization where my focus is payroll processing. 

I want to promote policies for the safety, health, and well-being of our community, while looking at ways to increase revenues so that we can do things such as increase wages in Fortuna, invest in projects for our youth and families, such as a skate park, an ice-skating rink, and provide more services for our elders.

I want to hear your thoughts and ideas so that together we can make Fortuna all that we want it to be.

I ask for your vote for city council.CODE OF FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES

The City Council is the governing body of the City and is responsible for establishing policies and programs. The City Council is also responsible for seeing that local policies and laws address both short and long term needs, and that citizens receive a return on their tax investment in term of efficient City services.

Under the Council-Manager form of government, citizens elect their Council Members who make decisions which determine the policies of the City.

Fortuna has three City Council seats that are up for election on November 8, 2022. The seats are for 4 year terms and will expire in November 2026.

Nomination papers for these seats are available now through August 12, 2022.  Please refer to the "Basic Steps in Running For Office" below for details.
Election information

The City of Fortuna is a charter city, and unless otherwise provided by ordinance, all elections shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Elections Code of the State of California. 

It’s easy to get started running for office. You must be a registered voter living within the corporate limits of the City of Fortuna to be eligible for office. You may not hold elected office if you have been convicted of designated crimes specified in the Constitution and laws of the State. You may not make any reference to party affiliation on required forms, since the City Council is a nonpartisan body.

During a specific period known as the “Nomination Period,” (July 18, - August 12, 2022 from 8:00 to 5:00 pm.) you can obtain your candidate packet and official nomination papers from the Fortuna City Clerk; you need a minimum of 20, maximum of 30 registered voters from your city to sign your papers; you complete the papers; and you turn them into the Fortuna City Clerk. 

You must call 725-1411 to schedule an appointment to pick up candidate paperwork in person and an additional appointment to file. Please allow 30 minutes when picking up your papers, and 45 minutes when filing them. 

Before starting your campaign, you will need to become familiar with a number of other requirements. This is not an all-inclusive list, so please be sure to check with the Fortuna City Clerk on other requirements.

Fair Political Practices Commission RULES AND REGULATIONS.

You and your campaign Treasurer will need to become familiar with the rules of the Political Reform Act, which is the State law that regulates contributions and expenditures for elective offices in California. The Fair Political Practices Commission (the FPPC) has regulatory responsibility and authority for the Act. The day-to-day implementation of the Act for City offices is the responsibility of the Fortuna City Clerk.

FPPC manuals and forms are available from the FPPC website or from the Fortuna City Clerk’s office. 

If you plan on receiving or spending more than $2,000 on your campaign, here are some things you will need to do:

  • Obtain a copy of Campaign Manual 2 from the FPPC website or from the City Clerk; read it and give a copy to your Treasurer.
  • Before you collect or spend any funds in connection with your campaign, file a Form 501, Candidate Intention Statement.
  • Open a bank account for your committee.
  • Within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions, file a Form 410, Statement of Organization.
  • Become familiar with campaign report filing requirements and deadlines.
  • Attend an FPPC seminar (information available on the FPPC website or call the FPPC at 916-322-5660).

Every election starts with a “Nominating period.” This is the period of time that begins 113 days before the day of the election and ends 88 days before the day of the election. This is the only period of time during which you can obtain “nomination papers,” which are the forms you need to submit in order to run for office.  Contact your City Clerk at 725-1411 or by email at for an appointment.

Some candidate forms can be filled out and downloaded directly from this elections webpage. You can then print the forms and bring them to your appointment with the City Clerk. This option is provided as a time saving option for candidates and will reduce your appointment time. Please note, Nomination, Supplemental Nomination Papers and Petition-in-Lieu of Filing Fee Form must be issued to you in person by the City Clerk Elections Official per Elections Code.

Fillable Candidate Nomination Forms

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Obtain the signatures of a minimum of 20, maximum of 30 registered voters residing within the City limits of Fortuna on your nomination papers (issued in person by the City Clerk at your appointment).

This is the word or group of not more than three words which will appear on the ballot under your name. It designates your principal profession, vocation, or occupation, subject to certain requirements of the Elections Code. The City of Fortuna has adopted the Secretary of State guidelines for Ballot Designations.

Start thinking about what you want your candidate’s statement to say. Your statement is limited to 200 words, as defined by the Elections Code, and should be a brief statement of your education and qualifications.

Campaign sign regulations vary greatly from city to city. Check with your City Clerk regarding your City’s political sign ordinance and requirements and review updated requirements outlined by the Section 17.05.180 "Signs" of the Fortuna Municipal Code.


Siana Emmons, City Clerk 
Buffy Gray, Deputy City Clerk
City of Fortuna