Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper

Covington Mayor Mike Cooper and five of the city’s seven City Council members were re-elected Friday when no one qualified to run against them in the March 28 municipal election.

Only District B Councilman Jerry Coner and District E Councilman Rick Smith drew opponents in the qualifying period that ended Friday afternoon.

Coner has two challengers: Republican Richard Comment Jr. and Paul Swain, who listed his party affiliation as “other,” as did Coner. District B covers much of the northeast side of the city.

Smith’s challenger is fellow Republican Laura Brown. District E is in the southern part of the city.

Covington’s two at-large council members, Lee Alexius and Sam O’Keefe, drew no opposition. Neither did district members John Callahan, Mark Wright and Larry Rolling.

As late as last week, it appeared that perhaps none of the councilmen would draw a challenger, a contrast to four years ago, when each seat was contested.

All of the Covington candidates qualified Wednesday, the first day of qualifying.

In other races in St. Tammany Parish, two candidates qualified to run for the School Board’s District 14 seat. That seat became vacant when longtime board member Ray Alfred died in the fall. In the interim, the seat has been filled by Alfred’s father, Anthony Alfred.

Democrat Dennis Cousin and John Murchison, who listed his party affiliation as “other,” qualified to run for the seat, which covers the Slidell area.

In the village of Sun, three people qualified to run for mayor: Democrats Bridget Russo and Richard T. Kivett, and Michael Hickman, who listed no party affiliation.

Three people also qualified for the village’s three alderman positions: Burrell Mullett, Clint D. Shaw and Will Talley. Mullett listed his party affiliation as “other”; Shaw and Talley listed no party affiliation.