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Longtime resident will run for City Council

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The race for South Lake Tahoe City Council has expanded with the addition of Kathay Lovell, a Verizon telecommunications account executive.

Three seats held by Mayor Brooke Laine and Councilmen Bill Crawford and Hal Cole will be filled during the Nov. 5 election.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. This is a good time for me, and a good time for the city,” Lovell, 49, said.

Lovell’s early interest in politics was reinforced when she oversaw Jeff Neves’ successful campaign in the March election for El Dorado County sheriff.

“She got a taste of it then. Now it’s in her blood,” said Les Lovell, her husband and a sheriff’s lieutenant.

“It got my juices flowing,” she agreed.

Kathay Lovell has lived in Tahoe for 42 years and believes the City Council needs new blood.

Her business background should come in handy in setting budgetary policy, she said. Then again, she noted that the fact that she is not a business owner in South Lake Tahoe may be an advantage too.

“Not that it causes problems. It’s just that I don’t have an agenda,” she said. “I can bring more balance.”

Lovell wants to maintain police programs.

“Public safety is very important to me,” she said.

Lovell has been active in the Secret Witness program as well as the Soroptomist International of South Lake Tahoe club. She has two children and two grandsons.

Lovell joins newspaper carrier Stephen Reinhard and South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association member Pete MacRoberts in the race.

Crawford said he will not run for re-election. Laine and Cole have not publicly announced their intentions.

The election filing date opens July 15 and closes Aug. 9. The council will be sworn in Dec. 10.

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