Tahoe Chamber: Why we chose to endorse council candidates Laine and Collin (opinion)
Tribune Guest Column
With the November elections right around the corner, the Board of Directors of the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce (Tahoe Chamber) and I are pleased to announce our endorsements in the campaign for the two open seats on the South Lake Tahoe City Council.
We unanimously voted to endorse candidates Brooke Laine and Jason Collin following a detailed vetting of all ten candidates by the Chamber’s Candidate Endorsement Committee, which is comprised of six community members, including one Chamber board director. Our decision to endorse Laine and Collin was based on: 1) The candidate’s position on the Chamber’s adopted Tahoe Future: South Shore Community Vision 2020 and their willingness to assume a leadership role on behalf of the vision as compared to the general platform of other candidates in the race; 2) The position of the candidates related to their differences on the issues; and 3) History of community involvement and past voting records, when available.
Our candidate review was rigorous and diligent. In order to vet each candidate, we conducted individual interviews with those candidates who made themselves available, established performance rankings of the eight candidates who participated in the Chamber’s candidates forum on Sept. 20, reviewed the statement each candidate filed with the City Clerk’s office, and assessed all the written materials published by various local media channels, including question and answer articles. The total rating for each candidate was based on the cumulative scoring of all the reviews.
Candidates Laine and Collin stood out to our board because of their commitment to listen to the community and bring a fresh energy and perspective to the challenges facing the city and our broader community. Furthermore, we believe these two candidates have the ability as council members to represent the city on a variety of other agency boards where understanding and working relationships are equally essential.
The Tahoe Chamber is endorsing candidates Laine and Collin based on their leadership in the “Tahoe Future: South Shore Community Vision 2020” position of the candidates related to their differences on the issues, and their active role in the South Shore community. For more information about the Tahoe Future vision, visit tahoefuture.org.
Mike McLaughlin is the chair of the Tahoe Chamber Board of Directors.