Devin Middlebrook: Get informed and vote in South Lake Tahoe (opinion)
Tribune Guest Column
Nov. 8 is less than a month away and it seems impossible to get away from news about the election. With information overload inevitable, it is important to ignore the background noise and focus on issues that directly impact our community.
During the last election, a total of 9,414 people voted for the City of South Lake Tahoe city council race. Less than 100 votes separated the winners (Wendy David, Tom Davis, Austin Sass) from the rest of the candidates. Less than half of the people who call the city home voted in 2014. Let me be blunt; we can do much better and every vote truly does count. There are also three local ballot measures (Measures U, P, and T) that are just as important as the city council race. From city council to school board, changes are coming to our community.
While much of the community’s focus is on the race for city council in the City of South Lake Tahoe, critical races and measures are on ballots across the lake, in California and Nevada. No matter where you live, I urge you to register to vote and make an informed decision on Nov. 8. It is your civic duty and responsibility as a member of the community, and one simple action can have a massive impact.
Tahoe Regional Young Professionals will host a Tahoe Town Hall featuring all 10 candidates running for City of South Lake Tahoe city council. The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Beach Retreat & Lodge conference center. You can submit questions before the event at http://www.tahoetryp.org/member-benefits/civic-engagement/ or using #TahoeTownHall on Facebook and Twitter.
We also recently sat down with all 10 candidates for short interviews. This video series is intended to educate the community to make an informed vote Nov. 8. Watch all the interviews at http://bit.ly/2dzNgf2.
No matter where you live around Lake Tahoe, there is still time to register for the Nov. 8 election. Your vote in local elections is incredibly important. Register and vote to make your voice heard! https://vote.gov.
Are you confused about all of the propositions on the ballot in California? Check out this guide to help you decide: http://ballot.fyi.
Live in Nevada? Here is a helpful link: https://ballotpedia.org/Nevada_2016_ballot_measures.
For up-to-date election news, visit http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/elections.
I want to make clear that Tahoe Regional Young Professionals are a politically neutral organization and do not endorse any candidates or ballot measures. We aim to educate our members and the community to make an informed decision, and not tell anyone what decision to make.
Devin Middlebrook is the civic engagement committee chair for the Tahoe Regional Young Professionals. For comments, questions, or more information on how to get involved please email Devin and email@example.com or visit http://www.TahoeTryp.org.