With five people who have pulled papers to possibly run for Mammoth Town Council, talk continues of still more potential candidates, and another long time council member has decided not to run again.
Mayor Rick Wood had earlier said he would take time to consider a run for re-election and that it was an important decision for himself and his family. He has spent twelve years in total serving on the Council. Of the June election, Wood says he will “sit this one out.” So will the other two incumbents – John Eastman and Matthew Lehman.
Meanwhile, in other developments, since last fall, two Mammoth groups have met to lay out the issues they feel need attention and to attract potential candidates. The Mammoth Leadership Group met and so did Mammoth Forward. Eventually, the two groups got together. Both groups hoped to avoid what happened in the last election – only two candidates came forward to fill two positions.
The website, www.mammothforward.org, spells out platform issues that have been under discussion. The group wants to consider an elected mayor as well as better pay and term limits for councilmembers.
And, even as talk about the issues continues, so does talk about the possibility of more candidates. Reliable sources indicated that at least one more candidate might come forward. Long-time resident and business owner Tom Cage was named.
Asked about this, Cage said that he does not yet know and is “considering the options.” Cage has long held a seat on the Mammoth Community Water District board and would have to give it up if elected to Council, along with seats on the Mammoth Lakes Tourism board and possibly the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation board.