A week into the filing window for South Lake Tahoe’s upcoming municipal election, candidates are starting to show interest in a run for office. Three of five seats on the city council and the city clerk and treasurer positions are up for grabs in November.
Wendy David is the first candidate to be certified to the ballot to run for one of the three seats on the South Lake Tahoe City Council. A school board member for Lake Tahoe Unified School District for 17 years, David wants to transition to the city council.
“I’ve served four terms plus an extra year on the school board and I feel like we’ve really accomplished so much,” David said.
“I feel like it’s a wonderful time to go on with the city. It’s starting to move in a positive direction concentrating on recreation, bringing in business and economic vitality,” David said. “I don’t have an agenda other than to just be part of a great direction.”
Incumbent councilors Tom Davis and Brooke Laine have pulled paperwork to run for reelection.
“Absolutely. No doubt,” Davis said about his plan to run for another term. “We’re getting a lot of things done and I don’t want to see things go in a black hole. I want to see things get done voters can see and feel and touch, and we’ve done that. Two new fire trucks, the linear park, and erosion control projects. The Harrison Avenue project is huge. Live at Lakeview, the streetlights on Pioneer Trail. And we’ve got a balanced budget with almost $8 million in reserves.”
Appointed to fill a vacancy on the city council, Laine also plans to run for another term. “I want to be part of the leadership of Tahoe that helps to reestablish a strong economic engine while continuing to protect our environmental assets and building on our strategy to improve recreational opportunities,” she said.
Incumbent councilor Angela Swanson said she’s still thinking about running for a second term on the city council. “I am still doing a final evaluation,” she said.
Bruce Grego, a former councilor, has pulled the paperwork to run for one of the three city council seats.
“I have no doubt in my mind I will be a candidate,” Grego said about his intentions to run. “I think there’s a need to have independent thinkers on the council and I think I’m a candidate who fits that bill.”
South Lake Tahoe City Clerk Susan Alessi also intends to run for reelection.
Alessi was elected city clerk in 2002 and reelected in 2006 and 2010. She has worked in the city clerk’s office for 28 years, first as an officer services specialist and then as assistant city clerk prior to being elected. “I love what I do. I love working with our citizens. I’m seeing a lot of positive changes and I want to continue to be part of it,” she said.
South Lake Tahoe Treasurer David Olivo also has pulled paperwork to run for reelection.
As of Monday, no other candidates have pulled paperwork or filed to run for the city clerk or treasurer positions. The filing window for the municipal election opened July 14 and closes Friday, August 8 unless an incumbent fails to file nomination papers by then, in which case the filing period is extended for five more days.
Nomination papers are available from the South Lake Tahoe City Clerk’s Office at 1901 Airport Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The municipal election is Tuesday, November 4.