The voting year is almost over for Louisiana, as it prepares
for one last statewide election on November 16. Saturday, November 9 is the
last day you can cast your ballot early.
This last election serves as a runoff for races voted on
during the state's October 19 election. Towns, cities and parishes are also
using the election for new propositions and tax renewals.
Folks in the northeast and central parts of Louisiana will
decide who will represent them in congress for the next year. Businessman Vance
McAllister and State Senator Neil Riser, both Republicans, took the top two
spots in the 5th District Congressional race back in October. The 14-candidate
race included Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and former Congressman Clyde Holloway.
The seat opened up when former 5th District Congressman
Rodney Alexander resigned from office to take a position with Louisiana
Governor Bobby Jindal's administration. Whoever wins will serve in congress
until the 2014 election.
In northwest Louisiana, only Bienville and Webster Parishes
will open up polling places on November 16. In the Bienville town of Gibsland,
folks will choose either Gregory Pickens or Michael Wright as the town's new
Police Chief. Both men are Republicans.
Also in Bienville Parish, the village of Saline is asking
voters to approve a 1% sales and use tax to fund the various needs of the town.
Webster Parish only has two items on its ballot, and neither
of them is parish-wide. Springhill School District No. 8 is asking people to
renew a 7.09 mills property tax which funds the district's operations and maintenance
needs. Dixie Inn Fire Protection District No. 7 wants to sell $600,000 in bonds
to renovate its buildings and upgrade its equipment.
You can click
here to get more information on the November 16 election, including what's
on the ballot in other parishes and voter registration info.
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