Laine, Collin named new South Lake Tahoe councilmembers
The results are in. South Lake Tahoe has two new city councilmembers — Brooke Laine and Jason Collin.
The final, unofficial election results for El Dorado County rolled in at 1:41 a.m. on Nov. 9, and showed that Laine and Collin held on to their early leads to become the new members of South Lake Tahoe City Council.
They will be taking the seats of outgoing councilmembers JoAnn Conner, who lost her bid for reelection, and Hal Cole, who opted to retire from politics this year.
Laine came out on top with 1,887 votes, or 22.32 percent of the total ballots cast in South Lake Tahoe, followed by Collin with 1,413 votes, or 16.71 percent.
Tamara Wallace was not far behind with 1,359 votes, or 16.08 percent.
Next in line, Conner received 1,012 votes, or 11.97 percent of votes, trailed by Ted Long, who earned 968 votes, or 11.45 percent.
Danny McLaughlin garnered 566 votes, or 6.70 percent; John Shearer tallied 556 votes, or 6.58 percent; Trey Riddle amassed 234 votes, or 2.77 percent; Robert Topel collected 223 votes, or 2.64 percent; and Patrick Jarrett earned 205 votes, or 2.42 percent.
Laine joins city council after previously serving as a councilwoman from 1998 – 2002 and again from 2012 – 2014.
She is currently a branch manager at U.S. Bank, treasurer of the South Tahoe High School Alumni Association, parliamentarian for the Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe, and chair of the Citizen’s Oversight Committee for LTCC.
Laine was endorsed by the South Shore Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, alongside Collin, and has pushed for attention to the issue of affordable housing, degrading roads, stronger vacation home rental regulation, and increased recreation opportunities.
“I’m excited about our future and excited to be a part of it,” Laine told the Tribune the morning after the election.
“First and foremost is getting up to speed once again with where the city’s priorities are and definitely trying to come up with some solutions that help solve our affordable housing issue, which I think is our No. 1 priority.”
Collin is a first-time councilmember, but has been involved in the community for many years. He is the owner of Epic Tahoe Adventures — a company that organizes competitive recreation events — and director of Home Health and Hospice at Barton Health.
He has also been a part of Leadership Lake Tahoe, Sustainability Commission, Tahoe Prosperity Plan, Rotary and the Tahoe Chamber Board.
“I’m excited about being a part of moving Tahoe forward,” said Collin on Nov. 9.
Collin is an advocate for the U.S. 50/South Shore Revitalization Project (AKA Loop Road Project), and the economic development and affordable housing opportunities it presents.
He has previously stated that his passion is leadership, and has identified housing, a more diverse and sustainable economy, recreation development, and community unity as some of his top priorities.
The oath of office for newly elected councilmembers Laine and Collin will take place at the council meeting Dec. 13.