No big crowds have rushed forward to sit on the Mammoth Town Council. Only two candidates filed for two seats available in the June election. The Town Council will consider a direct appointment of the candidates when they meet March 21st.
Faced with the enormous $42 million lawsuit judgment debt and ongoing town budget problems, the community shied away from public office for a change. In the past as many as three or four people have tried for one Town Council seat. Politics has lost its sheen in Mammoth Lakes.
Wednesday at 5pm marked the deadline to file for the Town Council election. The two candidates are Jo Bacon and Michael Raimondo. Town Clerk Jamie Gray sent out a press release to say that because only two candidates filed for two seats, the Town Council can, by election code, appoint the candidates rather than holding an election on June 5th.
Clerk Gray said that at its regular meeting on March 21st, the Town Council will consider whether to make the appointments or direct an election to be held. She said that if the candidates are appointed, they shall qualify and take office.
Long time Councilman Skip Harvey had decided on the filing deadline not to seek re-election. So, it looks like Jo Bacon and Michael Raimondo will take seats on the Council and forge ahead with the dire decisions to handle what looks to the public like nearly insurmountable money problems.