Birdwell won’t seek re-election, council filing deadline to be pushed back |

Birdwell won’t seek re-election, council filing deadline to be pushed back

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Regardless of who voters select, the South Lake Tahoe City Council will include three new members come November.

City Councilman Jerry Birdwell said Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to one of three council seats up for grabs Nov. 2.

Birdwell is the third incumbent to not plan for a re-election campaign. Mayor Kathay Lovell and Councilman Bill Crawford have also said they will not file for the Nov. 2 election.

The lack of an incumbent candidate will push the filing deadline back from Friday to 5 p.m. Wednesday, said City Clerk Susan Alessi Wednesday.

Birdwell said he hopes to spend more time at his bed and breakfast, The Black Bear Inn, and travel with his partner Kevin after leaving the council.

He said he hopes to wrap up loose ends surrounding the regulation of medical marijuana in South Lake Tahoe prior to his departure.

The City Council voted to pursue a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, as well as regulate the cultivation of medical marijuana cultivation in city limits, during a July 27 meeting.

Birdwell supported pursuing the ban.

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