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|Parish voters go to polls Saturday|
Voters across Franklin Parish will go to the polls Saturday, Feb. 9 to choose their candidates for the Democratic and Republican nominees for president.
Also on Saturday's ballot, voters in Wisner will be asked to elect their next mayor while voters in Fire District 3 will consider a property tax assessment for the creation and operations of a fire department.
Franklin Parish Tax Assessor J. W. Dean said the proposed 15-mil tax would generate approximately $25,000 in revenue for Fire District 3.
"All of that area was in Fire District 3. The city of Baskin voted to take themselves out of Fire District 3 and to establish their own fire district."
That move led to a loss of revenue for Fire District 3. Dean said instead of renewing the millage for 10.37 mils, Fire District 3 is hoping to increase its millage to compensate for the lost values of Baskin.
"Essentially what they are doing is just try to come up with a millage that will generate the same amount of revenue they had last year," Dean said.
In the town of Wisner, four candidates are vying for the office of mayor. The candidates for Wisner mayor are:
• Roy Cureington, a retired police officer and grocer
• Thomas Moore, a bus driver and retired crop duster
• Leodis Norman, a basketball coach
• Allyn Jean Luckett, a school teacher at Fort Necessity Elementary. Luckett has also served as interim mayor since the resignation of Cary Cheek. in August, 2007.
Cheek resigned, citing growth in his consulting business.
Parish-wide, voters registered with the two parties will cast ballots to determine their party's nominee for United States president.
The following candidates will appear on the Republican ballot: Jerry Curry, Daniel Gilbert, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Alan Keyes, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo, and Fred Thompson.
Appearing on the Democratic ticket are: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Christopher Dodd, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, and Bill Richardson.
Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until 8:00 p.m.