Davis not fazed by loss to Hammett

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 24, 1999

FERRIDAY, La. – Ferriday Councilman Sammy Davis Jr. is taking a never give up stand on his loss to Incumbent Bryant Hammett for the District 21 state’s representative seat.

&uot;I never give up,&uot;&160;Davis said. &uot;I’m going to be out there to make sure those that are elected take care of the people’s business.&uot;

Davis received 32 percent of the vote, or 4,369 votes, Saturday to Hammett’s 68 percent, or 9,315 votes.

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Davis said he was not upset with the outcome. &uot;It’s just one of those type of things,&uot; he said.

But he added that he was concerned with the number of absentee ballots cast, a number that he had been told was around 400.

Davis would not comment on his future plans but said he wants to continue to serve the public. &uot;My thing is to help people,&uot;&160;he said.

In other election news, Tom Lowry said he would like to see the official numbers but he has no plans to contest his narrow loss to incumbent Cathy Darden, in the District 4-A police juror race.

&uot;I have no plans to protest anything,’ Lowry said.

Lowry received 48.11 percent of the vote to Darden’s 51.89.

The Town of Ferriday also approved a 3/4-cent sales tax increase to help upgrade its police, fire and other departments. The tax is good for 10 years and is expected to generate about $350,000 annually. Sunday, Mayor Odeal Montgomery said she was not certain when the tax would go into effect.