Monday, March 19, 2018

Committee supports St. Tammany jail, courthouse tax renewals

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Committee supports St. Tammany jail, courthouse tax renewals


At it's regular meeting last night, the Republican Party Executive Committee (RPEC) of St. Tammany Parish heard from Republican candidates on the March 24 ballot and from Parish officials regarding tax renewal elections. After a lengthy interview process, the RPEC members went into executive session and emerged to issue the following endorsements:

For Mayor of Slidell, the RPEC endorsed Greg Cromer.

Council Member At-Large, the RPEC endorsed Bill Borchert.

For Council District A, the RPEC endorsed Glenn Baham.

In the District F race, the RPEC endorsed Kim Harbison.

In the race for District G, the RPEC endorsed Ray Larry.

The Committee issued no endorsements in the races for Council Districts B and E. Slidell Districts C and D had no contested elections.

In the race for Covington City Council District C, the RPEC endorsed Timothy Burke.

In the race for Justice of the Peace in Ward 1, the RPEC endorsed Wally Porter.

After hearing from Parish President Pat Brister and Sheriff Randy Smith in support of the Justice Center and Jail tax renewals, and from members of the Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany who spoke against the renewals, the RPEC voted to endorse both propositions.

RPEC endorsements require a two-thirds vote of members present; 14 of the Committee's 19 members were present last night, so 10 votes were required to reach the necessary threshold.

"We were very encouraged to see so many quality candidates seeking these offices," said RPEC Chair Larry Frieman, and some of these decisions were very difficult - including our decisions to issue no endorsement. We commend all the candidates for offering themselves for public service.

"As to the tax renewals, we shared some reticence because this is the third time the Parish has sought voter approval," Frieman said. "Nonetheless, we concluded these taxes are essential to maintain our quality of life, and our members resoundingly endorsed the renewals."

Election Day is March 24. Early Voting is March 10-17.