Dr. Johnny Cox came out victor in the three-person match up for mayor of Coushatta. Cox and longtime Coushatta resident Carl Frye challenged Coushatta incumbent Mayor Rose Byrd.
Unofficial vote with 100 percent in is Cox, 606 votes; Byrd, 544 votes; and Frye with 33 votes.
Cox, who knocked on hundreds of doors the asking for votes, wants to bring more industry to Coushatta, and utilize the vacant community center for afterschool programs and a skating rink.
During the campaign, Cox told NBC 6 News' reporter Stephanie Claytor that he was "the candidate that will work with the council, I believe I'm the candidate that has the vision." He added that he was the candidate that "had heart to push that vision."
Frye, a security guard, also campaigned on bringing more jobs to Coushatta. He told Stephanie he wanted to "transform Coushatta from a town to a city." On his agenda is a swimming pool and moving city hall and the police department to the former VoTech building for space considerations."
Byrd, elected 2008, was the first African-American to serve as mayor of Coushatta.