St. Tammany Parish Council District 5 has drawn its first candidate in the wake of incumbent Marty Gould’s announcement last week that he would not seek a fourth term.
Covington attorney Rykert Toledano, who has served as a magistrate judge for Covington’s Mayor’s Court and is a former president of the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, announced he is running for the seat in the Oct. 24 election.
Toledano, 68, moved to St. Tammany Parish in 1964 and began practicing law in 1980. He describes himself as a preservationist, pointing to his role as lead attorney in returning Covington’s ox lots to public domain. His lengthy résumé of civic involvement includes conservationist causes and youth sports.
The district he hopes to represent lies on the east side of U.S. 190 from Abita Springs south to Mandeville and east to Lacombe. Some portions west of the highway between Covington and Mandeville were added after redistricting in 2010.
“I look forward to meeting the residents of District 5, to listen to their concerns and desires for this district and being their voice on the St. Tammany Parish Council, if given the honor,’’ he said in a prepared statement.
Toledano is married to Lacey Osborne Toledano, president and chief executive officer of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce.
Gould announced earlier this month that he would not run for a fourth term. He said at the time that he would decide “much later’’ whether to support anyone seeking the seat.
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