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Former State Rep. John Schroder of Covington was elected state treasurer.

Covington's John Schroder was elected state treasurer in a runoff election Nov. 18.

Schroder, a Republican, garnered 208,118 votes, or 56 percent of the statewide vote, and defeated Democrat Derrick Edwards, of New Orleans, who had 44 percent of votes. 

Schroder previously represented portions of St. Tammany Parish as state representative from House District 77. He will serve the remaining two years of John Kennedy's term as state treasurer. The post came open when Kennedy successfully ran for U.S. Senate. 

In other local election news, Covington City Councilman Mark Wright scored 58 percent of the vote to handily defeat retired Col. Rob Maness for the District 77 House seat Schroder left vacant.

Wright and Maness survived a four-person field to make the runoff. Both candidates are Republicans.

Voters also approved a 2.15-mill property tax to pay for lighting in St. Tammany Parish Lighting District No. 6. The tax will be levied for 10 years. It passed 61 percent to 39 percent. Voters also said yes to a $7.8 million sale of general obligation bonds to purchase land and construct facilities in St. Tammany Parish Recreation District No. 14. 

The measure was approved 62 to 38 percent.

School Board sells bonds

The final $25 million in the public's 2008 bond authorization for the St. Tammany Parish school system was sold Nov. 7.

There was a $2.65 million premium on the sale, meaning the school system will receive a total of $27,657,937.50 now that the bonds have been sold.

The money is earmarked to fund additions to Mandeville High School and Madisonville Elementary School, which have had overcrowding issues due to recent population spurts in the southwest corner of St. Tammany.

Clipper Drive bridge closures

The bridge on Clipper Drive in Slidell, which connects Moonraker Drive to Eden Isles Drive, is being replaced.

Residents should be mindful of new traffic patterns during the two phases of construction. During the first phase, happening now, two-way traffic will travel exclusively on the west side of the bridge. This phase should be complete by mid-2018, barring any unforeseen delays.

Traffic will then switch to the eastern portion of the bridge while the remainder of the existing bridge is removed and replaced. The project should wrap up by late October.

The existing bridge has a deteriorating retaining wall that has had several previous repairs. The deterioration had become so severe that experts recommended replacing the bridge instead of further repairs. 

The bridge will retain the same essential design, but it will be lengthened by 41 feet.

The budgeted amount for the project is $1.9 million.