Voters ready to cast their ballots today

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 13, 2000

Polls will be open across the Miss-Lou today, but the real question may be: Will anyone actually show up?

Voters on both sides of the Mississippi River will cast their votes in the U.S. presidential election, though both major party nominations are all but sewn up. Perhaps the most exciting race will be in Ferriday, La., where voters will choose from four Democratic candidates for mayor: ex-mayor Glen McGlothin and the Revs. Johnnie Brown, Justin Conner and Alex Promise. But their campaigns have been low-key and may result in a voter turnout of only 30 to 40 percent, said Concordia Parish Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber.

&uot;That’s low for a mayor’s race, but there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of interest,&uot;&160;Webber said. &uot;Then again, I could be wrong.&uot;

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In Adams County, other primary races include the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Trent Lott and the District 4 U.S. House seat currently held by Rep. Ronnie Shows. Lott, the lone Republican, has five Democratic opponents. Show, the lone Democrat on the ticket, has two Republican challengers: Dunn Lampton and Geoffrey Yoste.

Other races include:

— In Vidalia, La., Bert Small is running against Vernon Stevens Jr. for District 2 alderman.

— In Ferriday, W.M. &uot;Bill&uot; Latham challenging William &uot;Billy&uot; Rucker in District A; Mitch Ashmore challenging Bob D. Jones in District B; Jerome Harris Sr. challenging Gail Pryor in District C.; and Elijah Banks challenging Sammy Davis Jr. in District D.