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Mayor, Police Chief opposed in Winnsboro

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WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The signs are up and campaigning in Winnsboro is well underway.

Current mayor Jackie Johnson is seeking re-election after one term and believes he should continue the work he has started.

"It may be rough in other parts of the country, but I think we are striving here in this town," Johnson said.

Johnson is being opposed by councilman John "Sonny" Dumas.

Dumas previously served as the appointed mayor for three months, after a previous mayor died unexpectedly in office.

"There has been quite a bit of change since the last administration and doing so I felt like we were headed in the wrong direction. And I feel like based on the experience I had, we can and should be going in a different direction," Dumas said.

Over at the police station, current Chief Lester Thomas Jr. is serving out his second term. He's being opposed by his own police officer, George Whilhite. A source in the police department says some department employees feel it's time for Thomas to step down. Whilhite declined an interview and Thomas was unavailable.

But those are not the only races in Winnsboro.

In District 1, incumbent Kaye Cupp is being opposed by Ricky Brown. Brown said he wants to create more job opportunities, but Cupp said economic growth has been climbing in the past 12 months. She also said she wants to continue to be a part of the growth.

The only other incumbent being opposed in Winnsboro is Rex McCarthy in District 5. Woodrow Bell is hoping to take his seat.

Running unopposed is Lois Powell Jordan in District 2, Betty Johnson in District 3, and Craig Gill in District 4.

Voters will go to the polls on April 5, but have until March 5 to register to vote.

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