Charles Preston, who took over a St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office reeling from the excesses and scandals of the jailed Peter Galvan, announced formally Monday that he plans to seek a full term in October.
In making his announcement, Preston said the office had made progress, but there is still work to do.
“It’s an agency that I think needed some help,” he said.
During his year in office, Preston said he had upgraded the organization, software, mental health and emergency response services. But perhaps his biggest accomplishment was increasing the office’s transparency, especially in the wake of Galvan’s disastrous end, which saw the increasingly embattled coroner become ever more reclusive and culminated in his eventual guilty plea in October to conspiring to steal public funds.
Preston, who funded last year’s campaign largely with personal funds, will kick off his campaign with a $250 per person fundraiser in Slidell, he said.
So far, there are no declared challengers, but Preston said he plans to prepare to campaign as if he will get a challenger, he said.
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