Activist Gary Leonard announces run for open seat on St. Tammany Parish Council District 4 _lowres

Gary Leonard

Gary Leonard, a stalwart in the activist group Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany, is running for St. Tammany Parish Council District 4, which covers southwestern St. Tammany Parish, including the western portion of Mandeville and the town of Madisonville.

Incumbent Reid Falconer is not seeking reelection, running instead for state representative.

Leonard, a pharmaceutical sales executive, cited his volunteer work over 30 years and his attendance at parish government meetings.

“After several years on the board of the Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany and as head of the Investigations Committee, I realized it is time for continued charge in the leadership of our parish government,’’ he said in his candidacy announcement. “We have been embarrassed too many times recently by the corruption we have see in those elected officials we have entrusted with our parish.’’

Leonard is calling for term limits, an inspector general and forensic audits of all parish departments and agencies. The first two are long-standing but unrealized goals of Concerned Citizens. He said he also wants to explore the idea of having all parish taxing bodies reduce their millage rates by 10 percent.

Leonard graduated from Archbishop Shaw High School and Xavier University. He is also a graduate of the St. Tammany Basic Police Officer Academy and worked 15 years as a reserve officer for three different agencies. He was twice named officer of the year.

He is a member of the Northshore Republican Men’s Club, Metropolitan Crime Commission and the League of Women Voters.

He is married to Susan Tingstrom Leonard, a justice of the peace, and they have two adult children.

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