Early count favors Davis, Brown
The make up of South Lake Tahoe City Council appears to be unchanged, according to results as of press time.
With only one precinct of 11 reporting, incumbents Tom Davis and Judy Brown are poised to keep their city council seats.
“It’s too early to tell,” Davis said. “Absentees are a good indication. It’s good news. I’m not complaining.”
Brown also considered it too early to celebrate.
“lt’s so early in the evening. I feel more comfortable making comments with a little more reporting,” she said. “You never can tell.”
Tom Davis, 54, who has served as Mayor for the last year and on the city council for the last eight years, was leading with 444 votes or 28.8 percent. Judy Brown, 54, who has served on the city council for the last four years and was Mayor in 1999, had 438 votes or 28.4 percent.
Michael Phillips, who did not get much support in the last election made a sizable showing in his second City Council race. He is the only candidate of the four challengers to give the incumbents a run for their money, getting 303 or 19.6 percent.
“I think at this point, with 9 percent of the votes turned, in I’m very comfortable with the way things look,” Phillips said. “I’m very optimistic.”
Davis ran on the platform for improving the environment, recreation and the economy. He also served for 15 years on the Chamber of Commerce. He is a 30-year resident and president and part owner of the Tahoe Keys Resort. Davis earned a business degree from San Diego State and an associates degree from Grossmont College.
Brown ran on the platform for continued redevelopment, promotion of the airport and support of the arts. Brown also served two years on the planning commission. She is owner and operator of the Tahoe Manor Guest Home, and earned a B.S. in Nursing from the University of California at Berkeley.
Michael Phillips, 33, serves as board director for Clean Tahoe and vice chair for the planning commission. He ran as the community candidate with four generations of family in South Lake Tahoe and stressed fiscal accountability.
Stephen Reinhard, 33, was unable to convince voters on his plans to shut down the airport and open up a recreation complex, getting only 82 votes or 5.3 percent.
Jerry Oldenkamp, 61, with his plans to increase employee wages and shut down the airport if Allegiant Air fails, earned 162 votes or 10.5 percent. Gunnar Henrioulle, 58, was unsuccessful in convincing voters to convert South Lake Tahoe into a transportation mecca. He got 112 votes or 7.2 percent.
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