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|Election Saturday for mayor, alderman, jurors, tax|
Voters will go to the polls on Saturday to elect a mayor in Ferriday, three police jurors, an alderman in Vidalia and decide whether to renew for 10 years a 25-mill School Board property tax.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Registrar of Voters Golda Ensminger said 390 early votes were cast during the early voting period that ended on Saturday, April 14. She said 97 mail-in votes were counted through Monday. Mail ballots can be counted through Friday and military ballots through Saturday.
In Ferriday, voters will choose between former mayor Gene Allen and Fire Chief Joe Sontoyo for mayor. Mayor Glen McGlothin is not seeking re-election.
Allen finished first and Sontoyo second in a four-candidate field in the March primary.
In Police Jury races, Melvin Ferrington in District 4B is in a run-off with Jimmy Wilkinson, District 2 police juror Willie Dunbar faces Fred Marsalis and in District 5A, incumbent Jimmy Jernigan faces Tommy Lowry.
Five jurors -- Red Tiffee, Jerry Beatty, Whest Shirley, Joe Parker and Carey Cook -- were re-elected in last month's primary. Juror Randy Temple was unopposed.
In Vidalia, incumbent alderman Tron McCoy faces Frank Duson. Alderman Vernon Stevens was re-elected in the primary while aldermen Maureen Sanders, Jon Betts and Ricky Knapp were re-elected without opposition. Mayor Hyram Copeland was unopposed.
The School Board property tax voters will consider renewing generated $2.9 million in 2011 and is used for educational support, according to School Board Business Manager Tom O'Neal.
He said the millage is "crucial to our general fund. This is our only fund not designated for a specific purpose."
O'Neal said the millage is used to pay custodians, student transportation, material and supplies, textbooks, insurance, building improvements on a partial basis, debt service, supplemental teacher pay and other items.
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