Diane Weiss, a 30-year veteran in local health care management as well as co-founder of a local running club, is expected to be named the interim District C City Council member in Covington.
Weiss, 58, will fill the seat vacated when Mark Wright was elected to the state House from District 77 last month. She will serve on the City Council until a special election to fill the remainder of Wright’s term.
The council is expected to elect Weiss at its Dec. 12 meeting. She would be sworn in at the meeting on Jan. 16.
Council President Sam O’Keefe said Wright suggested Weiss as a successor should he win the state office. O’Keefe asked fellow Councilman Patrick McMath to poll the other council members for their opinions. Both men said Weiss met with approval from the other members.
“I’ve met with her several times now, and I’m thrilled. She’s a good person who has helped and wants to continue helping Covington and her district,” McMath said.
“Everyone knows Diane, and she’s an excellent person for the vacant council seat,” O’Keefe said.
Weiss said she will serve only in an interim capacity. She said her job requires a lot of travel, which disallows her from seeking a full-term office.
Weiss, a Covington resident for 23 years, is vice president of revenue integrity and education for Restorix Health, which has corporate offices in New York and Louisiana. She and her husband Bud helped found the 15th Street Flyers Running Club, and she is executive director of that organization.
She has helped stage road races that raised money for local first responders, the Kiwanis, the West St. Tammany YMCA and others.
“I’m honored and flattered to even be considered,” Weiss said. “I thought Mark did a good job as councilman, and I’m humbled to think he and the rest of the council believe I can help the city of Covington, too. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”
Qualifying for the special election to fill the remainder of Wright’s term will be held Jan. 3-5. The primary is scheduled for March 24; a runoff, if necessary, would be held April 28.