By Peter Day
After numerous catfish frys, poker runs and just plain fun, Lyle Thomas has been named winner of Lucerne Valley’s annual Honorary Mayor contest.
Thomas, a process engineer at Mitsubishi Cement, raised a record $6,329 for the Lucerne Valley Chamber of Commerce. Collectively, Thomas and challenger Rock Griffith, a 6’7” occasional Elvis impersonator, raised about $10,000.
“I thought it was all about shaking babies and kissing hands, but it’s a lot of work,” Thomas said about campaigning. “But it’s also a lot of fun.”