Lehman will not seek re-election

matthewlehmanCouncilman Matthew Lehman sat in the Mammoth Town Council Mayor’s seat as the Town wavered close to bankruptcy last year. They were tough times and full of almost daily meetings. At this point, Councilman Lehman has decided not to seek re-election.

Lehman announced that he will not run for Council or for Mono County Assessor. He said, “For me it’s been a tough four years. I want to re-build my personal relationships and my business. This is an opportunity,” said Lehman, “for a lot of other energetic, potential candidates.”

As for his time on the Council, Lehman said he “enjoyed it a lot. I wish I could do it again, and maybe in a couple of years I will,” he said. Lehman said he is proud of his time served for the community in which he grew up.

He underscored the near-bankruptcy experience in the Town and how that crisis took a lot of time for all council members who were taken away from their families and businesses.

With two incumbents, John Eastman and Matthew Lehman, not seeking re-election, the filing deadline would be extended on March 7th, if that is the case then, through March 12th. Check with Town Clerk Jamie Gray for details.

At last report, these people had pulled papers, showing an interest in running for Mammoth Town Council: Deb Pierrel, Joe Parrino, John Wentworth, Ken Murray, and Elena Blomgren.

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14 Responses to Lehman will not seek re-election

  1. Desert Tortoise March 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Run for office or volunteer for the plannig commission or other city council committee if you think you can do better and see how governance, planning and budgeting really work. Then read the local media and see how your words are twisted by others, including supposedly professional journalists and editorial boards. Been there, doing that right now, and about to produce a report to the public that will, I think, enrage many taxpayers.

  2. SierraFan March 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Mathew has been one of a few bright spots here in our town government and I would like to thank him for that…… SO a big THANK YOU Mathew for all that you have sacrificed for our town, you are a gentleman and a scholar!! Maybe we can find another hard working (for the people) council member to take your spot.

  3. skiJohn March 4, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Curious, it takes a real man, or woman, to sit on our council for the insulting pay and even more negative and insulting attitudes by people like you, Ken and many others on here. If you two are “real men” we should expect to see your names on the ballot. To bash Rick and John is understandable – I’m guilty of it myself because those two have a long history of poor decisions, but Lehman sacrificed his appraisal business, worked full time for our town during the toughest time and did his best within the constraints of the law. Ken, I think we should have term limits so we don’t get stuck with the same people for decades.

    • Ken Warner March 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

      I think term limits are a great idea. I’ve suggested the very same over the years.

      IMHO: nobody in his right mind would step onto the C.T. given the mess that’s been made of it. It sure aint my job. I warned everybody. Nobody listened.

    • Curious March 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

      Snow Job John,

      I’m not a boat floater, thief or hypocrite enough to tell you who and / or what to think.

      Look for my name on the ballot right after yours, three down and one more ” real man ”
      to go.

  4. Ken Warner March 4, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    The thought comes to mind to not let any of them leave office until the mess they made is cleaned up.

  5. ShapeShifter March 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    I’m not a fan of bureaucrats but I have to say I watched Lehman go into office a kid and come out a man.
    Lehman was installed as Mayor by Mr. Wood to fail. It was the darkest time in Mammoth’s history and Lehman rose to the occasion with grace and dignity, walked us out of the depths of Mordor and he did it with a smile.
    He (Lehman) relentlessly worked the job like he was getting a salary, showed up every day and night without pay. (I don’t consider 300/month and insurance pay).
    If Wood had any balls he would have taken the Mayorship by the horns and run with it, but he waited to cherry pick the position after all the heavy lifting was done by freshman Councilman Lehman. A truly cowardly act by Wood..
    Mathew, my hat is off to you. Thank you for years of faithful service. Have a great life.
    For Wood, Mammoth is over you and the plague you have brought us. (The Airport debacle) Quit now, time to live on your Milk-Blood, you have done too much damage.

    • Benett Kessler March 4, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      Out of fairness, we must say that Mr. Wood was not on the Town Council when the airport vote went down.
      Benett Kessler

      • skiJohn March 4, 2014 at 10:24 am #

        Rick might not have been on Council when it all went down originally, Benett, but his poor decisions regarding the lawsuit during the years he WAS on council cost us dearly. We had plenty of opportunities to settle but his ego prevented it.

      • ShapeShifter March 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm #
        • Benett Kessler March 6, 2014 at 8:46 am #

          Your comment was mean-spirited, pointless and inaccurate. I go for points of accuracy and nothing more. Go find someone else to poke in the eye.
          Benett Kessler

    • Curious March 4, 2014 at 9:48 am #

      Does it takes a real man to allow millionaires to tax the commoners in order to pocket more of their hard earn dollars for absolutely nothing in return?

      He played his bit part in allowing Mammoth to continue being the fiefdom it is today!

      Two down, one or more to go, good riddance !

  6. enoughalready March 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    The economy is starting to turn around.
    Ducks have been lined up.
    Time to throw the towel in.

  7. h March 3, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    Okay Mr. Wood. Put your ego aside and do as Mr. Lehman. Its best for the community.


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