Slidell voters chose state Rep. Greg Cromer as the city’s next mayor Saturday over Kevin Davis, the former three-term St. Tammany Parish president who was long thought to have the edge and who led the four-person primary last month.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Voters on the west bank of Jefferson Parish on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a new property tax that will fund critical maintenance work on the federal levees that protect the area from flooding.
Two-term incumbent Gregory Carroll beat back a spirited challenge from political newcomer David Weathersby in the runoff for Kenner City Council District 1, taking 51 percent of the vote in Saturday's runoff.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Slidell voters will be deciding between two known quantities when they elect their next mayor Saturday: Kevin Davis, who served three terms as St. Tammany Parish president, and Greg Cromer, a current state legislator and former City Council member.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Kenner has only one race heading to a runoff on April 28, but it's a surprisingly intense one: a faceoff between two-term incumbent Gregory Carroll and political newcomer David Weathersby in City Council District 1.
Friday, April 13, 2018
The runoff between two experienced officials vying to be the next mayor of Slidell highlights the April 28 ballot in the New Orleans area. Elsewhere, a Kenner City Council race, a west bank levee millage and a trio of security districts in Orleans…
Monday, April 09, 2018
Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere is asking the city's lawyers to draft a city charter amendment to put before voters in the fall that would let him run for another term in office.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Lawyer Royce Duplessis easily defeated three other candidates Saturday to secure the state House District 93rd seat in New Orleans.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto cruised to victory in a special election Saturday, securing another two years in the job and fending off John Fortunato after a pugnacious campaign that featured increasingly personal attacks by both candidates.
Maria DeFrancesch, the longest-serving member of the Kenner City Council, was defeated Saturday by political newcomer Kristi McKinney, who ran against the incumbent with the backing of the city's political establishment.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Friday, March 23, 2018
The barbed race for Jefferson Parish sheriff headlines the slate of local elections Saturday, as perhaps the first competitive race for the office in nearly 40 years finally reaches its conclusion.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
A new poll shows Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto inching ahead of challenger John Fortunato in the final days of a hotly contested campaign. But the race remains too close to call on the eve of Saturday's special election to fill the unexpire…
Thursday, March 22, 2018
What, exactly, does a constable do? That's a question many voters probably ask themselves every time they see candidates for the office on the ballot. The races are usually low-interest and low-intensity.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
John Fortunato on Wednesday accused Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto of participating in a political "quid pro quo" during his time in the Legislature, with Lopinto and state Sen. Danny Martiny helping to secure raises for then-Sheriff Newell …
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
When Sheriff Joe Lopinto acknowledged this week that he failed to disclose part of his 2014 income to the state ethics board, his campaign was quick to note that challenger John Fortunato similarly left out earnings from off-duty details in his ow…
The race for Jefferson Parish sheriff became a bare-knuckles affair weeks ago. But the campaign nearly came to literal blows over the weekend as Parish Councilman Mark Spears was handing out John Fortunato fliers to motorists in Marrero.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto acknowledged Monday that he failed to disclose to the state ethics board more than $37,000 he earned as a state lawmaker in 2014 — an oversight he referred to as an honest mistake.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
The race for sheriff is virtually inescapable in Jefferson Parish, with campaign spots filling the airwaves and direct mailers inundating voters from Kenner to Grand Isle. Busy intersections have become an advertising battleground between Sheriff …
Friday, March 16, 2018
Former St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis raised the most money in campaign donations in the final leg of the four-way race for Slidell mayor, with state Rep. Greg Cromer running a close second, according to the most recent campaign finance …
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Lawyer Royce Duplessis continues to have the financial edge in the House District 93 race, having swooped up more than $24,000 in the past month, according to campaign finance reports out this week.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Three prominent business groups are backing a pair of proposed sales tax renewals for the St. Tammany Parish courthouse and jail, both of which voters have rejected twice before.
Monday, March 12, 2018
John Fortunato said in a televised debate Sunday night that he would support the re-election next year of Mike Yenni, the politically toxic Jefferson Parish president who weathered a recall effort last year following a sexting scandal that involve…
Sunday, March 11, 2018
All four candidates in the race for the District 93 state House seat are vying for their first elected office, but all say they've got the chops to move the New Orleans district forward.
Both candidates vying for the only open at-large seat on the Kenner City Council say they believe in attracting new residents with low taxes, economic opportunity and the reliable delivery of basic municipal services.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
On his big night last fall, John Fortunato weaved his way through a standing-room-only crowd, glad-handing supporters who packed the Balcony Ballroom in Metairie. Smartly dressed, he strode to a podium cluttered with microphones — a familiar spotl…
The 20 or so Hispanic activists and journalists listened politely as Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto III offered his standard campaign spiel one recent evening at the Iglesia de Dios Getsemani church in Metairie.
Friday, March 09, 2018
Following recent revelations that Newell Normand enjoyed two lucrative side gigs while serving as Jefferson Parish sheriff, both candidates vying to fill Normand's unexpired term have promised to avoid any form of secondary employment if they win …
Thursday, March 08, 2018
The four candidates running to become the next mayor of Slidell are all stressing the same central issue as they campaign for the March 24 primary: reviving the economic fortunes of a city that boomed during the heyday of the U.S. space program a …
The March 24 election includes races for Jefferson Parish sheriff, Kenner mayor and Slidell mayor. St. Tammany voters must also decide whether to renew two sales taxes for criminal justice.
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
With both of the Slidell City Council's at-large members term-limited, two new people will be representing the city as a whole on the council come July.
North Kenner is often viewed as a haven of suburban tranquility, with quiet, tree-lined streets and well-kept playgrounds. But that doesn't mean the area has no problems, and those problems are providing the grist for the two-man race in Kenner's …
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
For the third time in two years, St. Tammany Parish voters are being asked this month to approve a pair of sales tax renewals: one for the 1,100-bed parish jail and the other for the St. Tammany Justice Center, which houses 22nd Judicial District …
Sunday, March 04, 2018
In one of her first public interviews since losing the Nov. 18 New Orleans mayoral runoff to LaToya Cantrell, former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet said she is considering signing up for the fall elections, and not necessarily for a judi…
Like any seasoned politician, Vinny Mosca relishes the homestretch of a hard-fought election. And if for no other reason, the former Harahan mayor has followed the current Jefferson Parish sheriff's race for its sheer entertainment factor.
A former City Council member, the son of a federal judge and a lawyer who describes herself as a community activist are competing for an open seat on the Orleans Parish Civil District Court.
Saturday, March 03, 2018
At first glance, the race for the District 3 seat on the Kenner City Council looks like a contest between two political neophytes.
Two political newcomers are challenging incumbent Gregory Carroll for the District 1 seat on the Kenner City Council in this year's municipal election, with both saying Kenner's residents need better communication from the city's elected officials.
Friday, March 02, 2018
The Bureau of Governmental Research has come out against a one-fifth cent sales tax for the St. Tammany Justice Center but is supporting another fifth of a penny sales tax for the parish jail, both of which will go before voters March 24.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Many voters in New Orleans had not yet been born when Dale Atkins won her first race for clerk of Civil District Court in 1989.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto on Tuesday accused John Fortunato of flouting campaign finance rules by turning a recent food giveaway into a political rally at a Kenner charter school.
Monday, February 26, 2018
For the first time in over a decade, someone other than Bill Borchert will hold the District G seat on the Slidell City Council after this year's elections.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
The race to fill the Slidell City Council District E seat has drawn two candidates, both Republicans in their 40s with backgrounds in information technology, who sound similar themes about the city's need for economic development.
In an election cycle that has many open seats on the Slidell City Council because of term limits, a veteran council member who has been in office since 2002 is running against a political newcomer for the District F seat.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tommy Benasco, a cop turned contractor, and David Dunham, owner of a family business, are vying in the March 24 election to represent Slidell's District B, in the southern part of the city that was hard hit by flooding from Hurricane Katrina.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
The man challenging incumbent Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto in next month's election again accused Lopinto of lying about a recent controversy over campaign spying during a feisty public debate Thursday.