TRYP prepares for election forum, releases city council candidate interviews |

TRYP prepares for election forum, releases city council candidate interviews

Claire Cudahy

Tahoe Regional Young Professionals (TRYP) has released a series of interviews with South Lake Tahoe city council hopefuls as the organization ramps up for its next Tahoe Town Hall.

The 10-minute interviews, conducted by TRYP civic engagement committee chair Devin Middlebrook and executive director Jenna Palacio, focused on local hot button issues.

The three questions posed to all 10 candidates ahead of the interview touched on their goals for the city and a five-year vision, the city’s role in facilitating more affordable housing in South Lake Tahoe, and their opinions on addressing the impact of climate change on Lake Tahoe.

“TRYP is a politically-neutral organization and does not endorse candidates or ballot measures, however, this video series is produced to prepare our community to make an informed vote on Nov. 8,” Palacio said.

An additional video features a discussion with Mayor Wendy David and Mayor Pro Tem Austin Sass on the ballot measures in the upcoming local election. The videos are available for viewing here on the TRYP website.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. TYRP is also hosting a moderated question-and-answer forum with the 10 candidates vying for two seats on the city council. The event will be held at the Tahoe Beach Retreat and Lodge Conference Center.

All 10 candidates — John Shearer, Brooke Laine, Jason Collin, Trey Riddle, Ted Long, Robert Topel, JoAnn Conner, Tamara Wallace, Danny McLaughlin and Patrick Jarrett — are expected to be in attendance.

Middlebrook, who will be moderating the event, said he hopes the public comes out to hear what all the candidates have to say.

“This will be an informative event for a very important local race,” he added.

Questions from the audience will follow the moderation portion of the evening, and can be submitted ahead of time at or by using the hashtag #TahoeTownHall on Twitter or Facebook.

The free event will be live streamed by Tahoe Production House at

TRYP, officially launched in 2012, is a self-described “group of forward thinking individuals who believe in giving back to the community that has provided an inspirational place to work, live, play and prosper — Lake Tahoe.”

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