Early voting begins Saturday for the April 5 municipal elections in several local cities and parishes, with Kenner mayor and city council races, as well as a St. Tammany Parish coroner’s contest likely drawing the most interest.
Early voting begins Saturday, March 22 and continues through Saturday, March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, March 23.
For a complete listing of early voting locations from the Secretary of State’s office, click here.
Elections are being held in 34 of the state’s 64 parishes. Locally that includes Jefferson, St. Tammany and St. Charles.
The Kenner mayor’s race pits incumbent Mike Yenni against two challengers (and frequent critics), Walt Bennetti and Al Morella. There is also a citywide council at-large race on the ballot, as well as several district council races.
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.
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.
There are also several Slidell City Council races and a St. Charles Parish Council seat on the ballot.
Runoff elections, if needed, will be May 3.