Latest on elections

mammoth_voters-2.jpgThe latest check on who has taken out papers to run for office reveal a race for Inyo District Attorney and a race for Mono Sheriff.

Appointed DA Tom Hardy has taken out papers to run and now so has his Assistant Joel Samuels. Samuels had earlier submitted his name as a candidate for appointment to DA, but the Supervisors chose Hardy. To compound office tensions, Samuels will try for his boss’s job.

Other officials who have taken out petitions are Inyo Superior Court Judge, Brian Lamb. County Superintendent of Schools, Terry McAteer. For Supervisor in District 1, David Tanksley. Supervisor District 3, Rick Pucci. Assessor, Dave Stottlemyre. Auditor, Amy Shepherd. Coroner, Leon Brune. County Clerk, Kammi Foote. Public Administrator Patricia Barton. Sheriff, Bill Lutze. And, Treasurer-Tax Collector, Alicia McMurtrie.

In Mono County, long-time Supervisor Byng Hunt has decided not to seek re-election in District 5. His comment to us said, “I have decided not to run again. It has been an honor to serve District 5 and Mono County over the last 15 years. I believe there are very qualified individuals willing to step up, and look forward to continuing to support my community and region in a number of different ways other than elected office. It has been my pleasure to serve my friends and neighbors over the years! The adventure continues….”

In District 5, Stacy Corless, Executive Director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, has taken out papers to run for Supervisor. Corless worked previously as Executive Director of Friends of the Inyo and was co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eastside Magazine.

Also, as we reported, Sheriff Ralph Obenberger and Mammoth Reserve Officer Ingrid Braun have taken out papers to run for Sheriff. For Assessor – Bob Musil and Barry Beck. For District Attorney, Tim Kendall. For County Superintendent of Schools, Stacey Adler.

Petitions must be turned in on February 20th at 5pm. Nomination papers become available February 10th and are due back on March 7th.


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8 Responses to Latest on elections

  1. Ecstatic January 10, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    I am so pleased Ingrid Braun has taken out papers to run for sheriff. There definitely needs a change of leadership in that department. She has 21 years of experience with LAPD. A department that handles more crime in a month than MCSO sees in a year. It is a guarantee she has a lot more experience handling felons than Obenberger has had. His short stint on the actual streets leaves him lacking in this area for sure. Would love to see some statistics on that Benett!

    She also was the supervisor of the IA investigation unit at the LAPD, that experience is also needed immensely by the MCSO. The IA’s they currently conduct and have conducted in the past are nothing more than witch hunts against the people that don’t follow their “Good Ole Boy” ways. Thus the vary reason Obenberger and his department are facing a federal Lawsuit and costing the taxpayers of Mono County hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Hopefully she will be elected and we can gain a respectable sheriff’s department again!

    Good Luck Ingrid and please be prepared for same antics you witnessed while you were on the MCSO department for 51 weeks during this election. Especially during the debates. Thank you for stepping up!

  2. Desert Tortoise January 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    It could also be 21 years of learning bad habits from LASD and LAPD. Neither department has a sterling reputation, and for good reason. The things the current sheriff are accused of are lost in the noise of the kinds of abuses that seem to be part and parcel of daily “policing” for both big agencies down south. The hard nosed take no prisoners style of both LASD and LAPD might not work up here.

    • Big Rick OBrien January 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

      The bigger the barrel, the more bad apples you’re gonna have…Ingrid’s reputation with the LAPD is spotless and her job was to GET RID of those bad apples. If she’s elected, I suspect there will be a few less apples in the Mono County barrel.

  3. Tim January 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    That is excellent news about Braun. And as to “bad habits” learned from LASD or LAPD, is that the same LASD that Obenberger spent 15 years at pushing a black and white? Yes, LASD and LAPD are huge operations, with the LASD employing 4,000 more people than Mono County has population. Yes, there are very bad people who don’t do the right thing down there but there are also some extremely good people who do extremely good things there as well. An example of a very good LAPD person? Look no further than the Mammoth Lakes PD Chief, who spent a big portion of his LE career at that “bad habit” hotbed of LAPD.

  4. Trouble January 11, 2014 at 12:27 am #

    I’ll give them all credit for running for public office, because I would rather kiss a rattle snake.

  5. ghost rider January 11, 2014 at 12:59 am #

    I’ll put the over/under on total votes cast for Joel Samuels at 100.
    That maybe to high. 🙂

  6. So sad January 13, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    Sad that there are positions in Inyo that will be unopposed. Shades of Mammoth Lakes.

  7. A Real Election January 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    We are very happy to hear that a highly qualified candidate, Ingrid Braun, is running for sheriff in Mono County. The voters will have a choice to make, and we hope they will choose a change in how the department is run and vote for Ingrid Braun.


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