Voters in Gretna go to the polls this Saturday (April 6) to elect a new mayor. Incumbent Mayor Ronnie Harris has decided not to seek re-election after serving for 28 years as the city’s chief executive. Two candidates — Councilmembers Belinda Constant and Vincent Cox — are running to succeed Harris. Both offer voters a wealth of experience in Gretna city government, but we believe Constant is the best choice to lead Gretna into the future.
A former administrator of Jefferson Parish’s drug court, Constant joined the council in 2005, shortly before Hurricane Katrina. The storm’s arrival gave her a steep learning curve in city government, but her prior experience as a civic leader (she was a founder of Gretna’s art walk and its farmers market) gave her a solid footing in her new position. We believe Constant will bring to the mayor’s office a good combination of understanding and appreciating Gretna’s uniqueness as a small but historic community and a determination to modernize the city’s aging infrastructure so that it can realize its potential for economic development. She is endorsed by the Alliance for Good Government, the Jefferson Chamber PAC and the AFL-CIO, among others. We add our endorsement as well.