Posted: Nov 18, 2013 4:57 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Nov 18, 2013 7:00 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - There's a new form of government in West Feliciana Parish, where voters elected their first parish president Saturday.
Kevin Couhig, a first-time politician and businessman, beat out Tom Mcvea, a former state representative, to be the first president of West Feliciana Parish. Both ran as Republicans.
This all comes after voters approved a home rule charter form of government last November, stripping the police jury of all its executive control and creating the parish president's position.
Couhig says the parish has been declining for years, and he has a plan to get it back on track.
"We have a lot of challenges. We have declining population and declining growth. Our economy is not that healthy right now. So we have have a lot of challenges here. But I'm ready to try and make a big difference," he said.
Couhig officially takes office on Dec. 2. That's also when the police jury will change to a parish council.