It’s a tough loss for Minden’s Interim Mayor Joe Cornelius. In a special election Oct. 19, he lost to Councilman Tommy Davis with only 22 percent of the votes. Davis carried 61
percent of the votes. Walter “Woo Morgan was also in the race, garnering 17
percent of the votes. Voter turnout was 44.8 percent.
The special election came about when former Mayor Bill Robertson passed on June 27, 2013. Robertson left a letter, asking for Davis to take his place, but in a 3-2 vote, the
Minden City Council voted to for Mayor Pro Tem Joe Cornelius to run the city in
Now Davis is faced with unifying the city.
"I want to reach out to all the people. I want to be everybody's mayor,” said Davis.
Davis believes bringing more industry and a railroad crossing to the South Webster Industrial
District will provide the city with more jobs. He said that is first on his list, but said it will take the cooperation of the city, the Webster Parish Police Jury, and the Minden-South Webster Chamber of Commerce to make it happen.
Tommy Davis is expected to be sworn in the next couple of weeks. The Minden City Council will then have to appoint someone to take Davis’ seat. Since Tommy Davis is finishing Bill Robertson's term, he will serve for one year. In November 2014, there will be another mayoral election for the full four-year term.
Tommy Davis said he plans on running again in 2014, but Joe Cornelius said he hasn't decided yet. Walter "Woo" Morgan did not return our phone call.