Currently The Leader's managing editor, Echo Day is an 11-year veteran of the paper.

Justin Hanson announces re-election bid

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Covington Mayor Justin Hanson announced his plans to seel re-election. 

Covington Mayor Justin Hanson announced his bid for re-election Tuesday. 

"I was honored when you elected me (four) years ago and I can say that we have accomplished so much for our city," he said in a Facebook post. "We have created a plan and begun working the plan, but there is still more to do." 

The 38-year-old former broadcast journalist was elected to serve the city in 2014. 

He said since being elected he has been proud of the progress that's been made in the city in terms of shifting the focus back to "being brilliant at the basics." 

"We've made strides in shifting spending back to essential services and on providing the best essential services we can with the money we have. It's important we take care of taxpayer dollars while taking care of the needs of the city." 

Hanson said he wants to continue on public safety, public works and parks and recreation. 

"I'd really like to serve another term and continue the work we've started."

In May, alderman John Edwards announced his campaign to oppose Hanson. 

Edwards said he hopes they can run a "good, positive campaign" where the issues can be discussed.

Where Hanson is focused on being fiscally conservative and funding public safety, Edwards said he would like citizens to have a choice in the city's day-to-day and business operations.

A second-generation alderman who's represented District 1 since the 2005, Edwards' term is also up this year, so running for mayor means he'll be giving up his position regardless of the outcome of the election.

J.B. Wingo Leverette is  expected to run for alderman in District 1.

Additionally, the other two districts in the city – seats currently held by Mac McGowan and Drew Glass – are up for re-election. 

The qualifying deadline for municipal elections is noon on Aug. 16 and election day is Nov. 6.

Echo Day is The Leader's managing editor. To contact her, call 901-476-7116 or email eday@covingtonleader.com.

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