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|Allen elected Ferriday mayor; McCoy re-elected; tax passes|
Former mayor Gene Allen was elected mayor of Ferriday, Tron McCoy was re-elected to his alderman post in Vidalia and parish voters overwhelmingly approved the renewal of a 25-mill property tax for schools.
Turnout for the general election on Saturday was 24.5 percent overall, according to Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber.
In the Ferriday mayoral race, Allen garnered 63.42 percent of the vote to defeat challenger Joe Sontoya in his first political race. Sontoya serves as Ferriday fire chief.
Allen received 775 votes to Sontoya's 447.
Allen led in two precincts: 1-1 (Health Unit) 383-103 and 1-2 (Town Hall) 138-70. He also led in early voting, 98-53.
Sontoya led in one precinct: 2-1 (Ferriday High), 221-156.
Mayor Glen McGlothin chose not to seek re-election. Ferriday aldermen races are slated for the fall.
In Vidalia, McCoy received 56.8 percent of the vote to defeat challenger Frank Duson, 213-162.
McCoy led in in Precinct 3-2, 141-131, and recorded a big lead in early votes, 82-21.
Vidalia 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 also unopposed.
A total of 73.77 percent of parish voters approved the renewal of the school property tax, which generated $2.9 million in 2011 and 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.
Results show that 2,005 voters supported the tax renewal while 713 voted against.
The measure passed in all but two of the parish's 25 precincts.
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