City Council incumbents split on reelection bids
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – One South Lake Tahoe City Council incumbent will run for re-election, one won’t and one is undecided.
Who will fill the seats occupied by Mayor Kathay Lovell, Councilman Jerry Birdwell and Councilman Bill Crawford will be up to voters on Nov. 2.
Birdwell said Thursday he is unsure whether he will seek reelection, while Mayor Kathay Lovell said she plans on running in the November election.
“There’s a lot to do still,” Lovell said Wednesday. “We’re in the most challenging times we’ve ever been in and I feel that I need to be part of the solution.”
Crawford has said that he will not seek re-election in November.
“There’s a lot of reasons – personal, public, private,” Crawford said during a phone interview Thursday.
Minor health problems are a factor in the decision, as well as ongoing frustration with City Manager David Jinkens and fellow City Council members, Crawford said.
“I think I’ve had my tour of duty, and I think I’ve gone to the mat a few times,” Crawford said.
The former school teacher was often a dissenting voice among council members – a position he said was a waste of time considering the body’s current makeup, Crawford said.
“I’m not a masochist,” Crawford said. “I think I’ve done some good.”
Introducing the motion preventing the use of eminent domain in the Redevelopment Project Area No. 2 was one accomplishment Crawford said he was particularly proud of.
He said he almost “fell off his chair” when the motion gained unanimous support.
The 76-year-old said he will continue to read, write Haiku and ride his mountain bike when his current term reaches completion.
He said he sincerely hopes voters in South Lake Tahoe will elect capable leaders in November.
The first day to file to run in the November City Council election is July 12, according to the El Dorado County Elections Department.