With this fall’s statewide elections finally in the books, politicians in Mandeville can get down to serious business: the north shore town’s looming mayoral and City Council races.
The election is March 5, and the races are starting to take shape. Qualifying runs Wednesday through Friday of this week.
The race for mayor is expected to be the most intense, with current at-large Councilman Rick Danielson challenging incumbent Mayor Donald Villere. The two have clashed frequently over a host of issues, including flood protection for Old Mandeville and a partnership with the parish to build a bypass road east of the city.
After that race, the contest for Council District 3 could feature the most political fireworks. One-term incumbent Ernest Burguières faces a challenge from Jeff Lyons. Burguières has been a lightning rod on the council where his often combative manner has made him both friends and enemies.
Jeff Lyons — the son of former Mandeville Mayor Bubby Lyons — announced early this summer that he would seek the seat, saying he wanted to restore “strong leadership” to the post and criticizing Burguières for lacking vision.
The other four council seats appear to be uncontested so far.
In District 1, David Ellis is the only person who has announced his intention to run.
In District 2, lawyer Michael Pulaski has thrown his hat in the ring to replace Carla Buchholz, who is running for an at-large seat.
Joining Buchholz in the race for one of the two at-large seats is Clay Madden, who is seeking his second term. No other candidates have made their intentions known.
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