Elections Saturday across the metro area will see voters cast ballots for Kenner mayor and city council, St. Tammany Parish coroner and Harahan police chief, as well as consider several tax issues and other races.
Elections are being held in 34 of the state’s 64 parishes. Locally that includes Jefferson, St. Tammany and St. Charles and St. Bernard.
Polling places are open Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Click here for a complete look at your local ballot from the Secretary of State's office.
The race for St. Tammany Parish coroner sees four candidates running to fill the remainder of the term of Peter Galvan, who resigned amid federal corruption charges. The four candidates are Dr. Rob Muller, a Slidell gynecologist; Dr. Charles Preston, a retired emergency medicine doctor from Slidell; Dr. Adrian Talbot of Slidell; and Dr. Leanne Truehart, St. Tammany Parish mental health director and deputy coroner.
The Kenner mayor’s race pits incumbent Mike Yenni, who is seeking a second full term, against two challengers (and frequent critics), Walt Bennetti and Al Morella. There is also a citywide council at-large race on the ballot. Term-limited District 5 council member Kent Denapolis is facing former city attorney Keith Conley and sales executive Scarlett Alaniz. There are also four district council races to be considered.
Harahan voters are electing a new police chief, with four candidates vying to replace Chief Mac Dickinson, who resigned last October. The candidates include former chief Peter Dale, former assistant Harahan police chief Al Majeau, former Harahan police employee and City Hall clerk Darlene Schwartz, and former councilman Tim Walker.
There are also seven Slidell City Council races and a St. Charles Parish Council seat on the ballot.
Runoff elections, if needed, will be May 3.
Harahan will also vote on a 10-year, 6-mill tax that would raise about $473,000 a year for the Police Department.
In St. Bernard Parish, voters are being asked to consider a one-year, 30-mill property tax proposal to bring in an estimated $9 million which is designed to hire health care specialists for the parish hospital and implement an electronic records system. For a resident who owns a home valued at $200,000, with a homestead exemption, the bill for the new tax would come to $375.
In St. Tammany, in addition to the coroner’s race, there is a $500,000 bond issue for street repairs in Abita Springs; and a 20-year, 3.5-mill tax in Recreation District No. 1 (Pelican Park) to replace a current 4-mill tax. The tax would raise about $1.9 million a year.
Channel 4 and WWLTV.com will have election results once the polls close Saturday at 8 p.m., along with full results at 10 p.m. on Eyewitness News.