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Winnsboro Mayor Jack Hammons will most likely run for re-election this spring and there is a least one man who is considering challenging him for office.
Leroy Scott, who currently sits on the Franklin Parish Police Jury, said he isn't 100 percent certain if he will throw his hat in the ring during the upcoming primary election on March 27, but it might happen.
"I'm looking at the situation and weighing the options of running for mayor," Scott said. "I've got nothing against (Hammons) and I think he has done a good job, but I think I could bring things to the people and city of Winnsboro that might be getting overlooked."
Hammons said he would like to serve a fourth term as Winnsboro's mayor and expects the city's five aldermen to run for re-election as well.
"It's my plan right now and as far as I know, all the council is planning to run again," said Hammons. "I can't really speak for them, but it's the talk I've been getting."
At least one alderman, John Dumas, is planning to wait until the week in which potential candidates must qualify for the election before announcing whether or not he is running.
Dumas said he only wanted to serve two terms on the city council when first elected, but now that his second term is drawing to an end he might change his mind.
"There are a lot of things that we are working on that I would like to see materialize," he said.
Qualifying for the election will take place Feb. 3 to Feb. 5, according to the Franklin Parish Registrar of Voters Office.
Election for police chief of Winnsboro and a special election to fill the District 3 Franklin Parish Police Jury seat vacated by Ray Young, who quit the jury for a United States Department of Agriculture board position, will also be on the March 27 ballot.
Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Thomas said he would run for a second term.
"I'm proud of what we accomplished in my fist term in office to protect the people of Winnsboro and their property and I know our visibility in neighborhoods has helped deter crime," Thomas said.
James Harris, who was chosen by the police jury to temporarily fill Young's post, and Leo Miller, an alderman in Gilbert, have announced that they will run for Young's seat.
Five millage continuation propositions are also scheduled for the March 27 ballot. They include a five year, 10.53 mills property tax for an expected $69,000 in support of Fire District No. 2; a10 year, 10.66 mills property tax for and an expected $57,000 in support of Fire Distrcit No. 4; a 10 year, 3.25 mills property tax for an estimated $179,000 in support of the parish health unit; a 10 year 7.53 mills property tax for an expected $415,000 in support of the public library and a 10 year, 2.03 mills property tax for an estimated $122,000 in support of the Franklin Parish Council on Aging.