John Edwards and Jean Johnson work the Canaan Baptist Church polling location Tuesday. Edwards was elected back to Covington’s board of mayor and aldermen.

In Covington, John E. Edwards and Chris Richardson won their elections to the board of mayor and aldermen.

Edwards, who began serving as alderman after his father’s death,  had a District 1 seat for more than a decade before giving it up to run for mayor in 2018.

Edwards lost to incumbent mayor Justin Hanson and decided to run again this year when Minnie Bommer decided against running for re-election.


Edwards had opposition in Jerry Hall and William Muex. He earned 60.7 percent of the vote with Hall and Muex coming in at 31.9 and 6.9 percent.

Vice mayor Johnetta Yarbrough is the other representative for District 1, which covers Northwest Covington.

Covington elects its aldermen by district – rather than at-large, as the other cities do – to better ensure equal representative across the city’s diverse population.

Chris Richardson and Foreeta Yarbrough pose for a photo at Canaan Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon. Richardson won the District 2 seat.

District 2

Running for the District 2 seat were newcomers Richardson, Jere Mason, Houston Moss and Foreeta Yarbrough.

Richardson earned 38.7 percent of votes to Mason’s 26, Yarbrough’s 22.4 and Moss’s 12.5 percent.

Incumbent Keith Phelps, a veteran public servant, did not run for re-election. He was appointed to the position following the death of alderman Jere Hadley two years ago.

Jeff Morris is the other representative for District 2.

C.H. Sullivan poses for a photo with wife Stacy and daughters Sloan, Tanner and Amelia at the National Guard Armory Tuesday. Sullivan ran unopposed.

District 3

In District 3, incumbent alderman C.H. Sullivan ran unopposed. He earned 98.7 percent of votes with 10 write-ins.

Sullivan was first elected in 2016. Before him, alderman Ed Timberlake served District 3 for decades.

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