MINDEN, LA (KSLA) - Minden voters are set to head to the polls Nov. 6 to select a mayor.
Mayor Tommy Davis is not seeking re-election.
Vying to succeed him are Terry Gardner, a Republican, and William “Winky” Newer, a Democrat.
Gardner is a Shreveport native who moved to the Webster Parish seat in 1978. The businessman is the founder of the Gardner Group, which owns a few businesses in downtown Minden.
“The citizens of Minden are just remarkable. I want to run for mayor of Minden because Minden has been so good to me over the last 35 years,” Gardner said. “They’ve supported me and my businesses and enabled us to grow our businesses.”
Newer, known by many in Minden simply by his nickname “Winky,” was born and raised in Minden. For the past 32 years, he has been director of Minden’s recreation department.
“I was really reared in Minden, I love the community and I love the people,” said Newer. “I feel like Minden needs to be led in a slightly different direction. We need to develop a long-range plan to help Minden attract new business.”
Both candidates believe Minden voters will head to the polls with two big issues at the forefront of their minds: infrastructure and exorbitant utility bills.
“We have extremely high utility rates. And while I don’t have a silver bullet to fix that, we are going to get a team of business leaders together and we’re going to visit with AEP-SWEPCO,” Gardner said.
“We have to ask them how we got there and ask them what we need to do to correct the issue.”
Newer remains concerned that the city’s high utility rates are deterring businesses and people from moving to Minden.
“We have infrastructure issues that need to be addressed. Along with not passing up any opportunity to attract a business or an industry that’s wanting to look at Minden.”
Regardless of who’s elected, Gardner and Newer want to reassure voters the city will stay in good hands.
“If you want Minden to grow, if you want excitement and you want one city and one community, vote number 55 Terry Gardner on Nov. 6,” Gardner urged.
Newer said he’s proved his loyalty to Minden over the past three decades through countless hours of community service.
“You’ve entrusted me with your children for 32 years. If you’re willing to entrust me with your children, then I feel like I’m someone you can trust with the city and the management of the city.”
- Oct. 23-27 and Oct. 29-30: Early voting for the Nov. 6 elections.
- Nov. 2: Last day for those other than military and overseas to request a mail ballot from your registrar of voters.
- Nov. 5: Deadline for registrar of voters to receive completed mail ballots from those other than military and overseas.
- Nov. 7: Last day for voter registration in person or by mail for the Dec. 8 elections.
- Nov. 17: Last day for voter registration online via Geaux Vote for the Dec. 8 elections.
- Nov. 24 and Nov. 26-Dec. 1: Early voting for the Dec. 8 elections.
- Dec. 4: Last day for those other than military and overseas to request a mail ballot from your registrar of voters for the Dec. 8 elections.
- Nov. 7: Deadline for registrar of voters to receive completed mail ballots from those other than military and overseas for the Dec. 8 elections.