Statewide elections loom in the fall, but in Mandeville, local pols are already starting to position themselves for the following spring, when the mayor’s job and all five spots on the city council will be up for grabs.

Tuesday, Councilman Rick Danielson announced he wouldn’t seek re-election in order to run for mayor, challenging Donald Villere.

Ernest Burguieres announced earlier this spring that he plans to run for his seat on the council again. .

Thursday, it was Councilwoman Carla Buchholz’s turn, as she announced she would seek one of the council’s two at-large seats. Right now, Buchholz represents the District 2 seat on the council.

She has walked a fine line on the council, sometimes siding with Mayor Donald Villere on issues, and at others throwing her support behind some of Villere’s opponents.

Buchholz is also the longest serving member on the council, having been elected for the first time in 2008. But that also means that she is term limited, and if she wants to stay on the council, needs to shift to an at-large position.

Clay Madden, who along with Danielson is an at-large member, said he intends to run for re-election.

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