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Election returns: Mark Johnson elected mayor; taxes fail big

Election returns: Mark Johnson elected mayor; taxes fail big

Author: Action News 17/Sunday, March 31, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Latest Stories

Covington voters elected a new mayor Saturday yesterday, giving Mark Johnson a first-primary win over two tough opponents. The Republican businessman, running for office for the first time, got 52 percent support to finish ahead of City Councilman Rick Smith and former mayor Candace Watkins.

Johnson will take over July 1 when Mayor Mike Cooper leaves the office after two terms. Cooper is running for parish president. While the candidates shared common major issues – drainage, flood control and traffic control – each presented unique personas during the campaign.

Johnson, who retired from homebuilding, emphasized the consensus-building skills he developed running successful businesses.

“This is not the outcome we expected tonight, but this is the process that makes America great and I wish our new mayor-elect the best as he moves ahead,” Smith said in a concession statement.

In a race featuring three current City Council members, voters sent Patrick McMath and Larry Rolling into the council’s two at-large seats. Jerry Coner finished third.

In the District A race, Peter Lewis beat Keitisha Young with 52 percent of the vote.

In the District E race, voters sent Meghan Garcia and Mark Verret into a May 4 runoff, the returns show. Former Mayor Keith Villere finished third.

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