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7 will vie for 2 City Council seats

Elaine Goodman

The lineup of candidates for two seats on the South Lake Tahoe City Council has been finalized, and it includes seven contenders: one incumbent, two former council members and four challengers.

The two former council members both filed Wednesday, which was the deadline to enter the race. They are Bruce Grego, who served on the council for a year after being appointed to fill a vacancy; and Hal Cole, who served 12 consecutive years on the council through 2006 and was mayor three times.

The other candidates are incumbent Councilman Ted Long; Jonnie Crawford, wife of current Councilman Bill Crawford and a member of the city’s Parks & Recreation Commission; Warren Kessler, a licensed private investigator and wedding minister; John Spinola, owner of a small business that offers ministry and photography service at weddings; and Austin Sass, director of resort sales for Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Incumbent Mike Weber’s term is expiring this year, but he has opted to not run in the Nov. 4 election.

Grego has lived in South Lake Tahoe since 1967 and has been a practicing attorney here since 1980.

He served on the city Planning Commission in the 1980s and ran unsuccessfully for council twice: in the early 1990s and in 2004.

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Grego cited the stalled convention center project as a major concern. He wants to take action to get the project moving forward.

“I don’t feel the City Council has protected the interests of the citizens,” Grego said.

Grego also is an advocate for elected, rather than appointed, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board members and would like to see an expansion of public transportation. He also has views on how any future redevelopment in the city should be done differently.

Cole could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.