COVINGTON — Come January 2020, the city of Covington will have a new mayor and two new council members.

Former Covington city manager Steve Horton won his bid to unseat incumbent Ronnie Johnston in the mayor's race. Horton collected 1,145 votes to win with 60.39%. Johnston placed a distant second with 676 votes for 33.65%, and Rev. Eric Threets took in 73 votes for 3.85%.

Fleeta Baggett defeated Steve Plitt for the City Council Post 2 East seat. Baggett earned 655 votes for 54.13%, to Plitt's 548 votes and 45.29%. Incumbent Michael Whatley did not run for re-election.

For the City Council Post 3 East seat, former Covington fire chief Don Floyd defeated incumbent Josh McKelvey. Floyd took the win with 649 votes and 52.76% to McKelvey's 575 votes and 46.75%.

City Council Post 1 West incumbent Kenneth Morgan was unopposed in his re-election bid.

City voters also gave their approval to two alcoholic-related referendums. One is a non-binding referendum asking if voters would want limited open consumption of alcohol during special events at Legion Field and the Main Street district in downtown Covington. They approved it by a vote of 1,132 to 742.

The other is the “brunch bill,” which would allow bars and restaurants selling individual alcoholic drinks to serve alcohol beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, rather than 12:30 p.m. as the law now allows. Voters approved it by a vote of 1,241 to 627.


I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.