Hotly-contested appeals court race brings out thousands of early voters

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(KTAL/KMSS) Statewide, only Orleans Parish had more early voters than Bossier Parish, thanks to a hotly-contested judicial race. 

Early voting ended Saturday for the March 30 state-wide election. 

In Bossier Parish,2,410 early voters made their decision on whether Bossier-Webster District Judge Jeff Thompson or local attorney Jason Brown will sit on the bench of the Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. The seat became open when Brown’s father, Henry Brown, retired from that bench in October 2018.

The judicial race, which is the only thing on Bossier’s ballot, also brought out  757 early voters in Webster Parish, though there is another proposition on the ballot for the town of Sarepta. If approved, the proposition would give the mayor of the almost-900-resident town, the authority to appoint a chief of police, providing the town council approves.

Only 81 voters turned out to early vote in Bienville Parish, where only one race is on the ballot. Sharon Boston or Sylvia Dupree, both Democrats, are vying for the District 1 seat on the Bienville Parish School Board.

In Caddo Parish, only 116 people turned out to vote on two proposals – one allowing Fire District No. 5 to levy and collect a tax up to 20 mills on all property within the district for 15 years beginning in 2020 in order to purchase trucks and firefighting equipment, maintain it, pay salaries and other charges involving fire protection; and the other a 10-year renewal of a six-mill tax for fire protection and equipment in Fire District No. 6. 

In Natchitoches Parish, 327 early voters turned out to vote on a Sales Tax District No. 2 (which excludes the City of Natchitoches and the town of Campti) a one-half of one percent (1/2%) sales tax to be dedicated to building, improving and maintaining public roads and bridges.

But only 28 early voters turned out in Sabine to vote on whether to renew a 1 percent sales tax in Zwolle for 15 years to maintain city services.

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