All of Covington’s sitting elected officials qualified to run for re-election Wednesday, the first day of qualifying for the March 28 election. In most cases, no challenger has come forward.
Mayor Mike Cooper , who is seeking his second term in office, was the only candidate to qualify for the top job. Incumbents Lee Alexius and Sam O’Keefe were the only qualifiers for the two at-large council seats.
District A Councilman John Callahan, District C Councilman Mark Wright and District D Councilman Larry Rolling saw no competition emerge the first day.
District B Councilman Jerry Coner has two opponents: Richard Comment Jr. and Paul Swain.
In District E, incumbent Rick Smith faces Laura Brown.
A special election to fill the open District 14 seat on the St. Tammany Parish School Board is also on the March 28 ballot, and it has drawn two contenders, John Murchison and Dennis “Coach’’ Cousin.
Ray Alfred, who held that seat and had been the longest-serving member on the School Board, died in the fall after being re-elected without opposition. His father, Anthony Alfred, was appointed to fill the vacancy until the special election is held.
In the village of Sun, there will be a race for mayor, with Richard Kivett, the incumbent, facing challenger Michael Hickman.
Two members of the Sun Board of Alderman qualified: Will Talley and Clint Shaw. There are three seats on the board.
Qualifying ends Friday.
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