DuBos: Voters giving political newcomers chance to make difference

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Posted on April 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 6:41 PM

Saturday’s elections in Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes brought some new faces to the political forefront. That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

Every so often, voters say, “Enough already.” That was the case in the contested Kenner City Council elections on Saturday, as political newcomers and younger candidates fared well against better-known incumbents.

Kenner’s young mayor, Mike Yenni, coasted to re-election with more than 75 percent of the vote. Yenni’s allies in the council races either won outright or led the field into runoffs. Those allies include first-time candidates Keith Conley, Mike Sigur and Dominick Impastato. Conley and Sigur are in runoffs, but Impastato crushed former Mayor Phil Capitano in Council District 5.

Those results are similar to what happened in the recent New Orleans City Council races, where younger candidates beat some political veterans.

In St. Tammany, the special election for coroner attracted four first-time candidates. That contest was notable for its relative lack of mud-slinging. Doctors Leanne Truehart and Charles Preston are in a runoff to serve out the term of former Coroner Peter Galvan, who resigned in disgrace.

So far this year, local voters are giving political newcomers a chance to make a difference.

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