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A town without a mayor

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LILLIE, La. (KNOE 8 NEWS) - There is a small town in Union Parish without a mayor and a chief of police with nobody wanting to fill the roles.

Tucked away in between Bernice and Junction City is the small town of Lillie in Union Parish where less than 150 people live. Their post office is the main source of income which creates some challenges because money is tight. Elected city leaders don't get paid and now no body is signing up to be the mayor, chief of police, or an alderman.

"It's not worth it. It's not worth it if you only operate it one day a month for the headache it is," said David Washam.

David Washam was the mayor for two years during the 90's and he said that was long enough for him.

"You wouldn't mind doing it for nothing but when you don't have any money, you don't have any supplies, you have no help from the state, or the parish, basically you really don't," said Washam.

The town of Lillie no longer has a school so money is tight but that's not the only reason some people are questioning whether they should run for public office.

"If we had somebody who could come in as mayor and operate the city like it needs to be operated for the benefit of all," said Jarrell Wilson.

Jarrell Wilson has been an alderman for the past 15 years and he didn't run for re-election this year which created a vacancy.

"It's just tough when you haven't gotten any income to operate off of," said Wilson.

"There is no money at all for these small towns," said Wasam.

With limited resources there isn't much the village of Lillie can offer someone to volunteer and run for office. The state has extended the deadline to this Friday for candidates to sign up.

Jarrell Wilson says if no body signs up to volunteer for the key positions the village will be unincorporated, something he doesn't want to see happen.

The state is extending qualifying dates to give people more time to decide whether or not they'll run. You can sign-up starting Wednesday and it goes through Friday. If there are several candidates the election will take place October 19th.

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