St. Tammany Parish Councilman Richard Tanner, who is currently chairman of the council, has announced his run for a second term representing District 6, a sprawling rural district that takes in most of the northeastern part of the parish.
Tanner, who is retired from a 37-year career with the St. Tammany Parish School system, says that he ran initially to provide a strong voice for the needs of rural St. Tammany.
During his first term, he says he removed impact fees that were being imposed on new residential construction in the district and improved the level of road work from milling and overlaying to reconstruction, spending more than $5 million. Tanner also cites his role in getting money for a new pavilion and parking area at Poitevent Park in Pearl River and getting a $1 million grant to build a new community center in Bush, making the old center available as a senior center and food bank.
Tanner, who is married, has two daughters and five grandchildren. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from LSU and worked as a teacher, supervisors, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent for the school system.