Ten candidates on ballot for South Lake Tahoe city council; two seats up for grabs | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Ten candidates on ballot for South Lake Tahoe city council; two seats up for grabs

Claire Cudahy
The current South Lake Tahoe city council, including (top) Mayor Pro Tem Austin Sass, councilmember Tom Davis, councilmember Hal Cole, (bottom) Mayor Wendy David and councilmember JoAnn Conner.
Courtesy / City of South Lake Tahoe |

Ten South Lake Tahoe residents are vying for two seats on the city council in this November’s election.

Brooke Laine, Danny McLaughlin, Jason Collin, JoAnn Conner, John Shearer, Patrick Jarrett, Robert Topel, Tamara Wallace, Ted Long and Trey Riddle are the 10 out of 13 people issued election papers that qualified to be candidates, said city clerk Susan Alessi.

The final candidate list was released on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 18. The filing period opened July 18 and closed Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 5 p.m.

Though the candidate numbers are high, it is not the highest in the city’s history. In 1972, 15 qualified candidates competed for two seats.

The current council is made up of Mayor Wendy David, Mayor Pro Tem Austin Sass, councilmember Tom Davis — all whose terms expire in 2018 — as well as councilmembers Conner and Hal Cole. The latter two’s seats are up for grabs this election season.

Incumbent councilmember Conner has elected to run for another term. Cole, however, announced that he would not be running in this year’s election — he has served five terms as a city councilor and six terms as mayor.

“I’m 67 and it’s probably time. The issues going on with the city and one of our city councilors suing us, it seems to be the public perception of the city council for the past years. Dysfunction. I’d just rather have two new people come in there and perhaps a new culture can be established,” Cole said.

“Hopefully someone young and full of dreams like I used to be will come in and take the reins.”

City councilmembers earn a monthly compensation of $946, are eligible for medical and dental benefits, and are enrolled in the California Public Employees Retirement System.

The election takes place Nov. 8. The oath of office for new elected councilmembers will take place at the council meeting Dec. 13.

Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage on the council candidates in the coming weeks.

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