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|Voters go to polls Saturday|
Voters will go to the polls this Saturday across Franklin Parish to choose between candidates in four races and decide on ballot initiatives to fund fire districts, parish libraries and the Council on Aging.
Early voting started March 13 and ended March 20. Elections have sparked interest, turning out around 200 to vote on the first day, said Jerry Martin, who was working the polls last week at the Franklin Parish Court House.
"We are going to have a lot more coming in. It's going to be a big turnout," he said.
The mayor's race in Winnsboro has helped fan the flame of ballot enthusiasm, said Franklin Parish Register of Voters Geneva Cupp, but there are other things to spur people to the polls.
"You have three different propositions. You've got two fire district renewals and we are electing a police juror as well as a mayor and alderman and police chief. It's an important election," Cupp said.
Four men — Leroy Scott, Jackie Johnson, Deacue Fields and Ken Hill — are running in a primary election for Winnsboro mayor, the seat previously held by the late Jack Hammons, who passed away March 5 after a brief battle with cancer.
Currently, John "Sonny" Dumas is serving as interim mayor. The new mayor would be sworn in July 1.
Dumas is running for his District 2 seat on the Winnsboro Board of Aldermen against Deborah Davis. The job of Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Thomas Jr. is being contested by Bruce McCarthy.
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 late last year, will also be on the ballot.
James Harris, who has held the seat since being chosen by the jury to replace Young, is running against W.L. (Dub) Robbins and Leo Miller.
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; a 10-year, 10.66 mills property tax for and an expected $57,000 in support of Fire District 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.
Willie and Rosie McCree, who cast early ballots at the Franklin Parish Court House, on Friday were certain about what brought them to the polls.
Rosie, who prays for guidance from God, said she wanted to vote to support the library.
Willie, her husband of 60 years, said he always knows how to vote.
"I just vote the way she tells me," he said.
Polling places in Franklin Parish are Ft. Necessity High School, 10630 Hwy. 562 in Fort Necessity; Jigger Apostolic Hall, 7197 Hwy. 128 in Jigger; Brakers Store, 6385 Hwy. 562 in Wisner; Wisner Town Hall, 9530 in Wisner; Gilbert Community Center, 157 Hanna St, in Gilbert; Franklin Parish ROTC, 1600 Grover Street in Winnsboro ; New Hope Masonic Lodge, 2195 Hwy. 135 in Winnsboro; Woodman of the World, 261 Taylor Ave. in Winnsboro; Winnsboro Housing Authority, 1702 Hatfield St. in Winnsboro; Ward III School, 2051 Hwy. 578 in Winnsboro; Winnsboro Junior High School, 5915 Hwy. 4 in Winnsboro; Winnsboro Lower Elem. School, 1310 Warren St. in Winnsboro; Woodmen of the World Hall, 261 Taylor Ave. in Winnsboro; VFW Hall, 2108 Loop Road in Winnsboro; Franklin Parish, 6560 Main Street in Winnsboro; Baskin Community Center, 1860 Hwy. 857 in Baskin; Gulledge-Richardson Community Center, 157 Football Field in Crowville; North Central Fire Station, 1772 Hwy. 859 in Delhi and Friendship Fire Station, 4918 Hwy. 132 in Baskin.