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|Baskin election hopes ride high on expected low turnout|
Each of the three candidates for Baskin Police Chief have high hopes riding on what they expect to be a low turnout of voters in the only municipal election in Northeast Louisiana this Saturday.
A total of 177 voters are eligible to vote in the election, beginning at 5:30 a.m. in the Baskin Community Center and continuing until 8 p.m.
Candidates are incumbent Danny Barber, who has held the interim position; Dan Chase and C. R. "Buddy" Dear, all longtime residents of the community.
Dear is a former correctional officer for the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Department who resigned his position to pursue the elected office.
Chase, who operates an electronics firm in the town which specializes in law enforcement communications equipment, is a graduate of the North Delta Regional Training Academy with police officer training.
Barber, a former town alderman, recently completed the state required 42-hours of training for a Chief of Police position.
"I first thought there would be a good turnout," said Dear of expected voter participation. "But then I realized there is a conflict with the Catfish Festival and now I'm not too sure."
"If we get 50 percent of the vote out, we'll be doing good," said Chase, but, I hope even more will exercise their right to vote."
Barber said he expected few voters at the community center, "But, I could be surprised."
Barber, a 42-year resident of Baskin, served on the aldermanic council for five years and worked in private industry prior to his selection for the interim position of Baskin Police Chief.
He cites his time as chief and on the job experience as reasons voters should consider his candidacy.
Chase says he is the only candidate who has completed a Police Officer Standard Training program which highlights his qualifications.
Dear, a former area farmer, says his ability to, "talk with young and old and help others," and his five years of law enforcement experience are his top qualifications.
Less than ten voters had cast ballots by the close of early voting last Saturday, one full week before the election.