Businessman Mark Johnson is the city of Covington's next mayor, winning the post in Saturday's election, which marked his first bid for public office.
Johnson led the field of three candidates, defeating current Covington councilman Rick Smith and former mayor Candace Watkins. Johnson led with 52 percent of the vote, to Smith's 30 percent and 18 percent for Watkins.
Johnson will replace Mayor Mike Cooper, who was barred from seeking another term in office because of term limits. Cooper plans to run against St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister this fall.
Johnson has been a pharmacist and leader in the residential construction and development business, as well as an entrepreneur. He and his wife are the parents of four children.