Meet Rick Danielson

Council Member at Large

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Councilman at Large Rick Danielson
Councilman at Large Rick Danielson

Recent proposals, issues, and results

Administration and Staff Restructuring Plan

Ordinance No. 21-08

The City Council voted down Mayor Clay Madden’s staff restructuring proposal at the regular City Council meeting on April 22, 2021, killing the idea of a director of administration post — for now — while giving the mayor a promise to work with him moving forward. This happened while Kreller was out on medical leave.

Danielson voted against the ordinance. He told the mayor that when the two first talked about the idea of a restructuring ordinance, he was under the impression it would have more specifics.

“When we first talked, I really felt the plan should provide all of those details… the who, what, when, where, why, and how much. And we never really got that.” He told the mayor he would need to see more details.

Danielson did, however, reassure the mayor that he has the support of the council moving forward. “You have an incredible team. You have five council members that will do anything to work with you and your team.”

He concluded by echoing the positions of Zuckerman and McGuire, that he would be willing to support a contracts and grants manager only. “I do not see the need — right now — for a director of administration position, as it’s been laid out.”

Elected to office

Rick Danielson was elected Council Member at Large in the July 11, 2020, primary vote where he was the top vote getter, leading the field of three with 44.94%.

Mandeville has two at-large council seats, being awarded to the first- and second-place vote getters, regardless of the size of the field of candidates.

In his own words

Rick Danielson graduated from Mandeville High School in 1988. After finishing graduate school, Rick was commissioned in the United States Air Force, serving our country for over nine years on active duty and achieving the rank of Major.

During his military career, Rick deployed oversees in support of multiple operations to include Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Northern Watch.

In 2004, Rick returned to Mandeville. Professionally, Rick is a senior financial advisor at a national brokerage firm in Mandeville. In 2012, Rick was first elected to the Mandeville City Council as Councilman-at-Large.

In addition, Rick represented the City of Mandeville in 2013 – 2014 on the St. Tammany Parish Office of Inspector General Task Force, serving as the Chairman of this 24-member body.

Rick has always been passionate about serving his community and is actively involved on boards and committees with several local non-profit and community service organizations.

Currently, Rick serves on the Board of Commissioners for Recreation District #1 / Pelican Park, and is the Special Advisor to the Board of Directors for the Northshore Kiwanis Club of Mandeville.

In addition, Rick is a member of the Board of Trustees for Lakeview Regional Medical Center, and the Louisiana Chapter of the HeartGift Foundation. Previously, Rick was appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the St. Tammany Economic Development District, was the Vice President for Membership of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Northshore Business Council.

In 2006, Rick graduated from the Leadership St. Tammany Program. Rick served on the Leadership St. Tammany Board of Trustees from 2006 – 2010 and had the honor of serving as the Chairperson of the Board from 2008 – 2009. In addition, Rick is a distinguished past president of the Northshore Kiwanis Club and Division 13 Lieutenant Governor.

Additionally, for over 20 years, Rick enjoyed volunteer coaching for various youth sports in St. Tammany Parish beginning in 1985. Rick was recognized as the 2014 St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce Board Member of the Year. Rick and his wife Stephanie have five children between the ages of 17 and 25.

Source: City of Mandeville Official Website

Meet Jason Zuckerman

Council Member at Large

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Councilman at Large Jason Zuckerman
Councilman at Large Jason Zuckerman

As an elected representative, my job is to really analyze what’s being proposed and make decisions that are in the best interest of the city… What is it that we’re trying to fix?

— Councilman at Large Jason Zuckerman, April 22, 2021

Recent proposals, issues, and results

Administration and Staff Restructuring Plan

Ordinance No. 21-08

The City Council voted down Mayor Clay Madden’s staff restructuring proposal at the regular City Council meeting on April 22, 2021, killing the idea of a director of administration post — for now — while giving the mayor a promise to work with him moving forward. This happened while Kreller was out on medical leave.

Zuckerman ultimately voted against the plan, expressing frustration at how divided the community had become on the director of administration issue.

“Many of the people I’ve spoken to … are enthusiastically for the proposal, many are adamantly against… And what I found is both sides seem to dismiss each other. That’s troubling to me,” said Zuckerman.

Zuckerman noted that the previous City Council voted to lower the mayor’s salary (while Donald Villere was mayor and before Zuckerman was elected), a change that was later ratified by the voters.

Zuckerman concluded his remarks by saying he could get behind the grants and contracts administrator position. “I would propose we move forward with what we can agree on… we could at least chip away at this … and that we can work together over the rest of your term. I very much enjoy working with you.”

Elected to office

Jason Zuckerman was elected Council Member at Large in the July 11, 2020, primary vote where he was the second-place finisher with 28.21% of the vote. He edged out Ernest A. Burguieres for the seat.

Mandeville has two at-large council seats, being awarded to the first- and second-place vote getters, regardless of the size of the field of candidates.

In his own words

Jason Zuckerman is a licensed architect in the State of Louisiana, having earned his Master of Architecture from Tulane University.

He has been involved in the design and construction industry for over 27 years and lived in and around the City of Mandeville since graduating from Tulane in 1993.

Jason is Vice President at The McDonnel Group, a regional general contractor specializing in ground up construction as well as renovations including design-build, specializing in educational, institutional, hospitality, healthcare, and industrial markets.

He has been with the firm since its inception twenty years ago. Jason also practices Architecture in the Mandeville area and served on the City of Mandeville’s Historic Preservation District Commission for several years prior to being elected to the City Council in addition to volunteering his time to Mandeville’s Design Review Committee.

Jason has been an active member to the American Institute of Architects since 1996, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) since 1993, and earned his LEED AP credentials from the Green Building Certification Institute in 2009.

Jason has three children Curtis, Danny, and Sarah and is very excited to have an opportunity to help in planning for Mandeville’s future while protecting and preserving its past and everything we all love about our great city.

Source: City of Mandeville Official Website

Meet Rebecca Bush

Council Member District I

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District I Council Member Rebecca Bush
District I Council Member Rebecca Bush

Recent proposals, issues, and results

Administration and Staff Restructuring Plan

Ordinance No. 21-08

The City Council voted down Mayor Clay Madden’s staff restructuring proposal at the regular City Council meeting on April 22, 2021, killing the idea of a director of administration post — for now — while giving the mayor a promise to work with him moving forward.

Bush, a staunch ally of the mayor on this issue, expressed continued support for the plan, reading a letter from one of her constituents into the record, which said in part that Mandeville has added roughly 2,500 residents and its budget has almost doubled in the last 10 years.

“Spending big money and managing large projects requires a more specialized governmental structure than a mayor, council and department heads,” she read.

Elected to office

Rebecca Bush was elected to represent District I without opposition in the July 11, 2020, primary vote.

When a candidate wins office unopposed, they are still considered to be “elected” just as surely as if they would have defeated a candidate in a vote. By choosing not to run against a candidate, the people are in essence voting for that candidate.

In her own words

Rebecca Bush proudly serves the City of Mandeville and its residents as Council Member for District I.

She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Loyola University School of Law, and – for more than 20 years – has actively practiced law as a trial attorney in defense of a diverse array of civil claims.

Ms. Bush has resided in Mandeville for 15 years, with her husband and son, and is a long-time member of multiple civic organizations.

Source: City of Mandeville Official Website

Meet Dr. J. Skelly Kreller

Council Member District II

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District II Council Member Skelly Kreller
District II Council Member Skelly Kreller

Recent proposals, issues, and results

Administration and Staff Restructuring Plan

Ordinance No. 21-08


Kreller was skeptical of Mayor Clay Madden’s staff restructuring planOrdinance No. 21-08 — from the outset when it was introduced at the March 25, 2021, council meeting, offering the harshest criticism of anyone on the council.

The City Council voted down Mayor Clay Madden’s staff restructuring proposal at the regular City Council meeting on April 22, 2021, killing the idea of a director of administration post — for now — while giving the mayor a promise to work with him moving forward. This happened while Kreller was out on medical leave.

At Madden’s request, the City Council voted to defer action on the proposal after contemptuous debate at the April 8, 2021, meeting. Again, Kreller was highly critical of the plan as well as the Mayor’s request for more time to tweak the plan, even questioning Madden’s motive for the delay.

Elected to office

Dr. J. Skelly Kreller won a decisive victory over Michael T. Pulaski in the July 11, 2020, election, taking 59.16% of the vote in District II.

In his own words

Dr. Skelly Kreller proudly serves the City of Mandeville and its residents as Council Member for District 2.

He is a graduate of Jesuit High School, University of New Orleans, LSU School of Dentistry, Residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

He has practiced on the Northshore for 38 years and retired in 2015. Dr. Kreller is Board Certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and is a member of many professional associations.

He resides in Mandeville for the last 22 years with his wife Cheryl and their 2 Old English Sheepdogs, Olivia & Wally. They have a total of 5 children and 11 grandchildren between them.

Source: City of Mandeville Official Website

Meet Jill McGuire

Council Member District III

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District III Council Member Jill McGuire
District III Council Member Jill McGuire

Recent proposals, issues, and results

Administration and Staff Restructuring Plan

Ordinance No. 21-08

The City Council voted down Mayor Clay Madden’s staff restructuring proposal at the regular City Council meeting on April 22, 2021, killing the idea of a director of administration post — for now — while giving the mayor a promise to work with him moving forward. This happened while Kreller was out on medical leave.

McGuire voted against the proposal, indicating she might support such a proposal in the future. “I do feel that if we were to have a director of administration, it would allow you to do the stuff that needs to be done so that Mandeville is not reactive … I’m open to it eventually, but I cannot vote for it right now.”

Like Zuckerman, she cited the referendum last year to reduce the mayor’s salary as one reason for not getting on board yet.

“Things are running so smoothly now at City Hall. Trilby (Lenfant) is doing awesome. Let’s come back in a year and see where we’re at then,” District III Councilwoman Jill McGuire told the mayor during debate.

Elected to office

Jill McGuire soundly defeated Scott Discon in the July 11, 2020, election with 57.38% of the vote in District III.

In her own words

Jill McGuire grew up in the Mandeville area and is delighted to raise her children here as well.

Jill and her husband Barrett have been married for 18 years. Jill’s love of restoring old properties landed her on the Historic Preservation District Commission where she served for two years.

She and her husband live in old Mandeville and have three businesses in Old Mandeville as well.

She is delighted to served the people of District 3 on the council.

Source: City of Mandeville Official Website

Meet Clay Madden

Mayor

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Mandeville Mayor Clay Madden
Mandeville Mayor Clay Madden

Recent proposals, issues, and results

Updated: June 2, 2021

Disaster Response and Recovery Contractor

Resolution No. 21-18 – May 2021

The City Council approved Mayor Clay Madden’s pick for the city’s disaster response and recovery contractor at its May 27, 2021, meeting, despite a contentious back-and-forth between the mayor and District II Councilman Skelly Kreller.

The issue had been thoroughly debated and a vote had been deferred from the May 13, 2021, meeting because a majority on the council wanted more time to review the contract. But Kreller had missed that meeting. The May 27th meeting was Kreller’s first back since early April when he took a leave of absence to recover from a medical procedure, and he unloaded on Madden over the need for a contract or a plan.

Ultimately, the council voted 3-1 to authorize the mayor to enter the proposed contract with Richard C. Lambert Consultants LLC, with Kreller standing alone in opposition.

Analysis: A clear victory for Mayor Clay Madden. He seemed in greater command of the facts supporting his position compared to how he handled the director of administration debate, and he didn’t become rattled by the attack from District II Councilman Skelly Kreller the night of the vote. One could argue Madden secured the victory with his consistent messaging and his highly qualified choice of Lambert Consultants. Aside from Kreller, the only real complaint from the rest of the council was that they weren’t brought in earlier in the process, which Madden vowed to improve upon with future proposals. Grade: B+

Administration and Staff Restructuring Plan

Ordinance No. 21-08 – April 2021

The City Council voted down Mayor Clay Madden’s staff restructuring proposal at the regular City Council meeting on April 22, 2021, killing the idea of a director of administration post — for now — while giving the mayor a promise to work with him moving forward.

Madden introduced Ordinance No. 21-08, an administration and staff restructuring plan, at the March 25, 2021, meeting where the proposal meet initial resistance from some on the council.

At Madden’s request, the City Council voted to defer action on the proposal after contemptuous debate at the April 8, 2021, meeting. Madden asked for time to tweak the proposal after it met initial resistance.

Madden vowed to continue moving forward with “the tools that we have.”

Analysis: Embarrassing loss for Mayor Clay Madden. Those voting against the proposal, particularly Councilmen at Large Rick Danielson and Jason Zuckerman cited a lack of details and planning before bringing the issue to the City Council. Madden seemed “off” during his presentation to the council when the proposal was introduced to the public, certainly not up to the form that got him elected. Also, a certain vocal segment of the public didn’t like the term “Director of Administration” nor Trilby Lenfant, whom he had hoped to put into the DOA slot. In fairness to Madden, this seems to have had more to do with political grudges, particularly from the primary where he narrowly edged out Michael Blache by 12 votes, and less to do with the merits of the proposal itself. Grade: C-

Elected to office

Clay Madden pulled what many pundits described as a surprise victory over Lauré Sica in a close runoff election on August 15th, 2020, with a margin of victory of just 3.4% or 118 votes. Sica had led the field in the July 11th primary vote with 32.41% to Madden’s 29.32%. Madden only made the runoff by a thin margin of 12 votes over third-place finisher Michael Blache.

In his own words

Mandeville has much to offer both residents and visitors alike. We are blessed to have incredible schools and friendly neighborhoods, beautiful lakefront and bayous, parks, walking paths, biking trails, restaurants, and shopping for every taste.

I hope you find Mandeville as engaging and vibrant as I do. Our city government is continually vigilant in protecting our quality of life through maintaining and enhancing critical infrastructure, thoughtful planning, community public safety initiatives, and cultural development.

During the next four years I will be focused on the major issues you have identified as impacting your life here in Mandeville.

Priorities of the Mayor

  • Preserve and protect the neighborhood livability and resident quality of life that make our city so special.
  • Determine feasible solutions to protect our city and citizens from the impact of flooding
  • Enhance our transportation infrastructure to move traffic efficiently and support a variety of safe options.
  • Vigilance over fiscal and budgetary matters
  • Maintain public safety in a way that respects all our citizens.
  • Support of our Police Department and community policing initiatives
  • Robust and consistent enforcement of our city codes
  • Improved communications with citizens through updated website and use of technology
  • Regularly scheduled grass cutting, and maintenance of city owned properties
  • Follow through on recommendations of our upcoming operational and efficiency review
  • Beautification efforts to enhance the environmental landscape of our city

Madden’s Background

  • Mandeville City Council-at-Large (2012-2020)
  • Graduate of LSU: Masters of Public Administration; B.A. in Political Science
  • Graduate of Mandeville High School
  • Office Solutions Sales Manager-Northshore Territory
  • Homeowner in Old Golden Shores subdivision
  • Lifelong Republican
  • Graduate of Leadership St. Tammany
  • Longtime member of the Exchange Club of West St. Tammany and the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Board Member of the Council on Aging St. Tammany (COAST) and the Children’s Advocacy Center (Hope House)
  • Lifelong member of St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church on the Northshore

Source: City of Mandeville Official Website

Source: Madden for Mayor Official Website