Council Member Matthew Lehman, left, passes the mayoral gavel to Rick Wood in June 2013, while Council Members Michael Raimondo, rear left, and John Eastman, observe. File Photo
Saying it was "a hard decision for me," Mammoth Town Council Member Matthew Lehman said this past week that he would not seek re-election in the upcoming June 3 town elections.
"It's official," he said on Monday, March 3, in a telephone interview. "I will not be running for re-election."
Lehman, a real estate broker who as his first official act as mayor, in 2012, was to petition the Federal Court for municipal bankruptcy protection, said on Monday that he wanted more time to run his business.
He said he felt good about where the Town of Mammoth Lakes is currently positioned.
During his tenure, the town endured its brush with municipal bankruptcy, compounded by three straight sub-par snow seasons.
"It was challenging on the council," he said, "but we had a good crew, all in all. We had hard decisions, but there are going to be a lot of good things happening in Mammoth as we move into summer."
More coverage of Lehman's exit from the race, along with other Town Council news and election coverage, will appear in the Mammoth Times print edition on Thursday, March 6.