Voters took to the polls, Saturday to make their voices heard as many across the area voted on several key issues and to fill open positions. One of the high-profile positions open was for Coroner of St. Tammany Parish. With 58% of the vote, Dr. Charles Preston defeated Dr. Leanne McBurney Truehart who garnered 42% of the vote. Preston will replace former coroner Dr. Peter Galvan who was sentenced to jail for stealing public money for personal use.
Preston released the following statement Saturday night:
honored that the voters of our parish have chosen me to restore honesty and
integrity to this office," Preston said. "From the start of
this campaign I believed I had the qualifications the people want and deserve
in their coroner, and I'm absolutely delighted they agree. I look forward
to taking office as soon as possible, and renew my pledge to work with
openness, transparency, and an absolute commitment to getting the job done
Also in St. Tammany Parish, Sam Caruso claimed the District E Council Position after defeating Pete O'Connell. Caruso won 53%-47%.
In Jefferson Parish, Tim Walker got 57% of the vote to win the Harahan Police Chief position. Walker defeated Peter Dale who received 43% of the vote.
Jarvis Lewis has been named Councilman at Large - Division B after garnering 51% of the vote, compared to 49% for Julia Fisher-Perrier.
Voters in Lafourche Parish voted in favor of a new tax to fund a new jail in the parish. The new tax passed 58%-42%.