It’s been a long, exhausting, and—at times—stressful campaign season (so far) for those running, working behind the scenes, and covering it all.
We have less than two weeks left until Election Day, and this causes us to reflect on the past several months.
Amid our reflection, we couldn’t help but refer to the various businesses and community members who have engaged forcefully in the campaigns—some before the season even started.
We reflected on the political action committees that formed at the end of 2013. We tip our hat to Mammoth Leadership Forum and to Mammoth Forward for starting the conversation early and supporting people to seek a seat on the Mammoth Lakes Town Council and the Mono County Board of Supervisors.
We believe these groups were a part of the reason why we have eight candidates this year for Town Council, as opposed to virtually no candidates two years ago (only two candidates ran for two open seats).
Once the papers were pulled and filed, little Mono County had 17 candidates across all the available races.
We tip our hat to all of these candidates. Running in a race is no easy task, and we were thrilled to see people stepping up to the plate, all in the interest of making Mammoth and Mono County a better place to live and visit.
We reflected on how so many organizations, nonprofits, businesses and community members worked hard to offer the public opportunities to learn about each candidate.
The Mono County Republican Party hosted a debate for the assessor’s and sheriff’s race, moderated by Bob Peters, owner of Bridgeport Inn.
Lee Vining’s Chamber of Commerce hosted a debate, too, for the assessor and sheriff candidates.
Mammoth Lakes Rotary organized and hosted a forum for the Mono County candidates, moderated by Bill Taylor, Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watson, and Rick Phelps of the High Sierra Energy Foundation.
The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Town Council candidate forum in Suite Z, moderated by chamber board member Brent Truax, General Manager of Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa.
The Mammoth Lakes Lions Club teamed up with Cerro Coso Community College to host the second Town Council forum, moderated by Juliana Olinka of Mammoth Lakes Foundation.
On the horizon, Mammoth Forward and Mammoth Lakes Young Professionals are gearing up to host the final forum for the Town Council candidates on May 27.
We tip our hat to the organizations and individuals who volunteered their time for these events.
In between all the forums and debates, small businesses offered up their establishments as a place for meet-and-greets and other informal events.
Some of the businesses that opened their doors were Shogun, Roberto’s Café, The Good Life Café, and Rafters Restaurant, among many others.
Community Skis has been inviting two candidates a week (if not more) to give the public an opportunity to ask questions in a more private and intimate setting.
We tip our hat to them, too.
And if that wasn’t enough, certain individuals opened up their own homes to host candidates in an effort to engage the community even further.
If it seemed that there was an event every night of the week revolving around the June 3 election, that’s only because there was.
We can’t help but be proud of our community.
We are lucky to live in a community that cares, and we tip our hat to you all.