Election: in Mammoth, no big rush to run; Mono and Inyo races lined up


Except for the Mammoth Town Council race, all of the rest in Mono and Inyo Counties seems to be in place for the June election. Monday marked the first day candidates could file nomination papers. The deadline is March 7th.

Long-time Mammoth resident and business woman, Deb Pierrel did pull nomination papers Tuesday. She had said this is a “pivotal juncture” for the community. She sees her “activism, volunteerism, service and involvement in the community” as strong points.

Incumbents are not rushing to file papers. Mayor Rick Wood said, “Despite the rumors that I definitely am or am not running, and I have heard both, I am considering it and will announce my intention soon.” Wood said it is an important decision for himself and his family. Wood has spent twelve years in all on the Town Council.

Councilman Matthew Lehman said he is not 100% decided and is leaning toward not running but is weighing all the options. He said, “Deciding to run for a second term has been a challenging decision. I’m proud to be a representative of the community in which I grew up,” said Lehman, “very proud, but I have to find a balance between finding enough time to properly represent the Town and maintain a reasonable living.” Lehman said taken seriously, the Council job requires a significant amount of time.

Councilman John Eastman will not run again. Eastman did call the upcoming election “a golden opportunity” for those who want to serve. He said he hears there are at least “two and maybe even three different groups in Mammoth Lakes that are organized, and meet regularly, in an effort to come up with either a candidate platform or to identify potential candidates to run for Town Council.” Eastman said he personally believes “there are dozens of individuals in Mammoth Lakes who would make excellent representatives.”

On the Mono County scene – if nomination papers are filed, the race is on for District 5 Supervisor. Stacy Corless, Kirk Stapp and Greg Eckert are the candidates. District 1 Supervisor filings would see Supervisor Larry Johnston and Bill Sauser as candidates. Sheriff Ralph Obenberger and Officer Ingrid Braun will go for Sheriff. Assessor Bob Musil, Barry Beck and James Ackles will run for Assessor.

In Inyo County – if nomination papers are filed, the District 1 Supervisor’s race will see three candidates. They are David Tanksley, Bill Stoll, and Dan Totheroh. District Attorney Tom Hardy will seek election and so will his assistant Joel Samuels.


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19 Responses to Election: in Mammoth, no big rush to run; Mono and Inyo races lined up

  1. Reality Check February 12, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Mr. Wood, my personal opinion is that your time has come and gone as a member of the Town Council. We need new leadership, fresh ideas, and a different mentality on the Council. Please step aside this next election cycle.

    • M Olsen February 14, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

      I strongly feel the same way about Mike Lehman. Even though he has only been here for a term, we would be better served if he walked away from the job and return to what he did best. He was a great realtor at one time.

  2. Joe Parrino February 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I pulled papers today. I have half a page to fill on my petition sheet. My Agenda begins with 3-30 yr olds goals and support the tools for bright futures and quality of life like Dave McCoy did for the youths in the Eastern Sierras. Get the local retail,Restaurants, and other businesses to join as 1 strong eneity and start a no b

  3. Joe Parrino February 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    2/1 Businesses Pay dues that go into a slush fund for when the town is off to a slow start or during shoulder season, they can draw from the fund to keep business open and employees working. Work a deal with owner of Sierra mall and turn it into a community center for families and kids to hang out. Focus on more Recreational activities and new up coming sports and host big events. Build a snocross track at the football stadium and host snowmobile races under the lights on Saturday nights during the winter months. Open the Mammoth MX track for more use after the annual race during the summer/fall months. And lots more fresh new ideas on my list!! Vote for Joe Parrino 4 MAYOR in 2014!!

    • Death Valley Guy February 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

      “..if nomination papers are filed, the race is on for District 5 Supervisor. Stacy Corless…”

      We need more Closed signs in district 5! LOL

      • Feminine Mystique February 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

        We need more woman supervisors. Somebody has to break up the backwards, backwoods good ol’ boy mentality of Mono County. The morale is suffering.
        Go Stacy, go!

        • Goddess Principle February 14, 2014 at 10:22 am #

          Boys will be boys. And boys are driven by male-ego power tripping games. We see this again and again in our political arena.

          Women intuitively cut through all the childish macho-man crap and get to point quickly making them truly superior, efficient, and natural-born leaders. Women also make some of our more insecure men folk politicians very nervous. (see Goddess)

          I believe the Time of Women has arrived and boy do we need them more than ever.

          • Pedro February 14, 2014 at 10:52 am #

            Then why do women continue to raise their sons as power tripping egotists?

          • AN February 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

            Pedro, women aren’t alone in the raising of the sons/daughters, usually there is an egomaniac father passing it on to his children.

          • Pedro February 14, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

            So, some women don’t intuitively cut through macho man crap, become natural born leaders and choose good men?

    • Mayor Parrino? February 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

      Apparently Joe doesn’t know that you don’t run for Mayor in Mammoth. You run for Town Council and, if you get elected, the five members of Council decides which one of them will be mayor for a year. And you ought to know that the Town Council does not control the football stadium. The School Board may object to snowmobile races on their football field. You should do some homework and find out what you’re getting into if you want to be taken seriously, Joe.

  4. Tom G. February 13, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    To be honest with you, I am not happy with any candidate for council. So often we elect people we know that have been here for a long time. But I think the local pool of applicants is shallow, inexperienced, and they have too much of their own agenda to promote. Look at the mess they have gotten us into. They all have one thing in common. They consistently make bad decisions and they are not held accountable. In the end, the community suffers.

    I would love to have someone who got their experience in the real world outside of Mono County Politics. A relative newcomer but experienced, who has moved here to enjoy what we Eastsiders really have to offer. Someone without their own personal agenda but with good honest intentions to make it city government transparent, accountable, and fair to all interests.

    The Mammoth City Council applicants do not fit this criteria. The only race where I see this is the local sheriff election. I am impressed with Ingrid’s experience and past leadership. She got this in the real world, not Mono County. I believe a well qualified female sheriff would do wonders for our community. Not to mention, the good ol’ boy system will probably be dead once and for all. That would be better for everyone.

  5. Joe Parrino February 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    Step 1. Completed my petition with all Mammoth registered voters, DONE!!
    Step 2. Campaign trail, focusing on the younger generation 18 and up to get registered to Vote and get involved. Your future in Mammoth lks. Is In jeopardy til you Vote in the CHANGE(Me)who is looking out for Your wish Lists in Mammoth Lks. Ca.
    Step 3.Need to change policies how Mayor rotation should be decided by the Community not Bullying Government.
    To all the Haters on this form: Never under estimate my Persistence for CHANGE. My petition wouldn’t fill up if the citizens in Mammoth are begging for new young blood for s CHANGE!!

    • h February 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      Joe, the sad part is you have no clue how you are perceived by those who know who you are or those that unfortunately have had interactions with you over the years. I would actually vote to keep Mr. Wood on the Council if there was a choice between yourself and Mr. Wood.

  6. joe glotz February 15, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Mr. Perrino may want to consider going back to elementary school and improving his spelling and grammer prior to embarking on his political career

    • Spell Czech February 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      Joe – FYI, “gammer” is correctly spelled “grammar.”

      But perhaps your comment is actually an attempt at ironic performance art.


  7. Betina February 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    Joe, Mammoth does not need you to be the one in charge of ANYTHING

  8. MJA February 16, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    How many governments does Mono County need? I think the time has come to consolidate. =


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