Same faces to grace council
Mayor Tom Davis and Councilwoman Judy Brown will continue to serve on South Lake Tahoe City Council.
Combined, the incumbents captured nearly 60 percent of the vote.
Davis will begin his third term on city council and Brown her second, but
both incumbents were reluctant to comment Tuesday night when only 1 of 11 precincts had been tallied. Wednesday morning results, however, were almost identical to early counts.
Davis led with 2,548 votes or 29.1 percent. Brown was nipping at his heels with 2,508 votes or 28.6 percent. Michael Phillips was the only candidate of the four challengers to make a significant showing, earning 1,802 of the votes or 20.5 percent.
“I think we addressed the issues the public wanted to hear,” Davis said. “I think the public thinks the city is on track. It’s hard to win a third term, and its hard to win a second term. I am very pleased and honored to be elected for a third term. That is very unusual in this town and I will work hard to keep my commitment that I have kept in the last eight years.”
Brown said that her past performance on City Council is what gave her the edge in this election.
“I think experience had a lot to do with it,” Brown said. “I think my demeanor and how I handle myself at council meetings had a lot to do with it. I tend to stick to business, and I am not controversial, and I think people realize that I do enjoy what I do.”
Gunnar Henrioulle, who ran last election spreading the same exclusive message of transportation, earned 531 votes or 6 percent.
“I can’t be all things to all people,” he said. “A lot of the electorate want to have their ears tickled and I can’t do that I have to focus on the issues that are important to me.”
Bill Crawford, who has served on the city council for the last two years, said he is confident that the city is heading in the right direction.
“We had a democratic election and that is fine with me,” he said. “I can’t complain. In fact, I called both of them today and congratulated them. I think the city council is going to do fine. I think the new city manager is a real asset and pulling everybody to the center of what we need to do.”
Although absentee ballots that were hand delivered have not been counted, results from all eleven precincts have been tallied.
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