McGlothin wins by 31 votes

Published 11:57 pm Saturday, March 8, 2008

FERRIDAY — By a margin of 31 votes, citizens of Ferriday elected Glen McGlothin mayor for the fourth time in 20 years Saturday.

McGlothin was in a run-off with incumbent Mayor Gene Allen, and when the polls closed, McGlothin had 51.05 percent of the vote with 753 votes cast in his favor and Allen held 48.95 percent of the vote with 722 votes.

McGlothin previously served as mayor from 1988 through 1996, and again from 2000 to 2004.

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At his victory party at the Concordia Parish Community Center, McGlothin and supporters danced to music ranging from Elvis to AC/DC.

Stepping outside for a moment, McGlothin said he was excited by the election.

“I feel great, I feel elated that the people of Ferriday have provided me with another chance to be the mayor of Ferriday,” he said.

When Allen heard the news of the outcome, he said he wanted to extend his congratulations to McGlothin.

“The people of Ferriday spoke,” Allen said. “It was a good, clean race.”

For now, Allen said he will continue with the running of the everyday business of the city, and McGlothin can bring in his transition team whenever he wants.

McGlothin said he looked forward to working with Allen.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done in Ferriday, and I won’t be able to do it by myself, but I’ll be able to do that with everybody’s help,” McGlothin said.

In the primary election, McGlothin carried approximately 48 percent of the vote, and Allen took approximately 33 percent of the vote among a field of seven candidates.

McGlothin will take office in July.