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|McGlothin victorious in Ferriday mayor's race|
With a heavy voter turnout -- 64 percent -- Ferriday voters returned former Mayor Glen McGlothin to office on Saturday
McGlothin was elected to the post for the fourth time, ousting Mayor Gene Allen, who is completing his first term.
Unseated by Allen four years ago, McGlothin lacked 31 votes to beat Allen and five other candidates in the primary, and won by a 31-vote margin in the general election Saturday with 51 percent of the vote.
McGlothin polled 753 votes to 722 for Allen.
Of the victory, McGlothin said, "It's all about Ferriday. This is like a homecoming for me," adding, "I feel great. I thank the people of Ferriday for giving me another opportunity. I will do my best."
He said he looks forward to working with town aldermen.
"There are some things I want to do and certainly look forward to working with the aldermen to achieve those things," said McGlothin. "I know we won't agree on everything but I feel like we will all do our best for Ferriday."
McGlothin said his decision to seek the mayor's office was made due to one reason.
"I love Ferriday," he said.
He served two terms as mayor back to back -- from 1988-1996, and a third from 2000-2004.
Allen said: "The people spoke. I'll still be here to support the incoming mayor. I'm still interested in seeing Ferriday grow."
Allen has served in politics the last 20 years -- four as mayor and 16 on the Police Jury.
Of the 2,325 registered voters in Ferriday, 76 percent are black, 22 percent white and two percent are listed as other.
McGlothin led in absentee voting, 122-51, and in Precinct 2-1 (Ferriday High), 331-122.
Allen led in 1-1 (Health Unit), 383-204, and 1-2 (city hall), 166-96.
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