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Covington Mayor Mike Cooper will run for Parish President

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 | Views: 827

Covington Mayor Mike Cooper will run for Parish President
Covington Mayor Mike Cooper will run for St. Tammany Parish President in the October 2019 primary election.

Ending months of speculation, Cooper today made his candidacy formally known.

Elected in a landslide victory in 2011 and reelected without opposition in 2015, Mayor Cooper has overseen significant reforms in the City's Police Department, successfully balanced the City's budget each year to improve infrastructure and enhance municipal services, and has lead a City Hall that has received numerous accolades and awards.

"My experience and success as Mayor of Covington has prepared me to lead Parish Government," Cooper said. "Facing significant spending cuts, Parish Government needs a leader who will prioritize and make strategic decisions to ensure essential services are delivered effectively and efficiently. St. Tammany Parish needs a leader who will engage the public and the business community proactively and who will build positive and helpful relationships with the Parish Council, Municipal Governments, and State and National Leaders."

"When I ran for mayor in 2011, my campaign slogan was, 'The Right Leader, Right Now,'" Cooper said. "Today, that's changing. I enter this race now as "The Right Leader for St. Tammany Parish."

Cooper, 65, a lifelong resident of St. Tammany Parish, is married to Catherine Guastella Cooper, and is the stepfather to Whitney Brown, Duncan Brown, and their wives. The Coopers just recently welcomed their first grandchild.

Cooper holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in City and Regional Planning from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette (now ULL). Prior to serving as mayor, he worked in local professional and corporate positions as well as serving in leadership roles in numerous community and service organizations.

Cooper's term as mayor will end on June 30. The election for Parish President is October 12, 2019.