Laine won’t seek re-election |

Laine won’t seek re-election

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

If former President Bush aide Karen Hughes put her family first, so can South Lake Tahoe Mayor Brooke Laine.

Laine, in the final year of her four-year term on the council, wants to devote her attention to her family and won’t seek re-election Nov. 5.

“It’s been both an honor and a privilege to serve this community over the past four years. I look forward to the possibility of returning to public service in the future. For now, I wish to be more available to my family and business in addition to pursuing other areas of interest,” Laine said. “I love my job. I learned a lot.”

Beyond raising two boys, she runs Laine Photo Labs.

“It’s not the right time for me now. I need to be more available to them,” she said, adding she needs a break.

Laine said she refuses to approach any commitment halfway, as her public service record shows.

She’s served as chairwoman on the community’s solid waste joint powers agreement, as the city’s representative to the Tahoe Transportation District as well as the California Tahoe Conservancy board. Subcommittee appointments are numerous.

Laine gave the idea much thought, expressing desire to witness important plans and decisions come into fruition.

But her first obligation is to her family.

“There is a passion about (the council seat). However, I have a great deal of respect for this community and for the end result,” she said.

She singled out the city staff as a collective group that encouraged her.

Council member Bill Crawford previously said he won’t seek re-election.

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