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Rayville to elect mayor, police chief, and aldermen

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RAYVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - If you drive through Rayville, there are more than enough political signs and with so many candidates, the ballot could get confusing.

On almost every corner, there are more than a dozen names. Most are running for an alderman position, some for police chief, but only two are vying for the role of mayor: incumbent Harry Lewis and Morgan Moss, Jr. (G).

It's not the first time they've gone head to head, but Lewis welcomes the race saying it keeps him in check.

"It's good for people to be given a choice," says Lewis, "it's kind of an evaluation on your part, cause now you'll know if your doing a good job."

Moss hopes his Green Party affiliation will set him apart.

"Some key values of the Green Party are grassroots democracy, social justice, and equal opportunity," says Moss.

He wants to give Richland Parish families, something to do.

"Education and leadership, swimming pool, and play, youth sports, competitive sports, camps," they're all a part of Moss's plan of bringing a YMCA to Rayville.

Lewis says his city is on the right path, and his track record shows it.

"We were able to secure land for them, the Walmart Supercenter located here," says Lewis, "and we've gone through a water enhancement program that we have cleared up our water."

In the race for town council, twelve candidates are running for five positions, and each of the current aldermen, have thrown their hats back into to ring.

They are Valerie Allen, Howard Banks, James Brakefield, Terry Brown, William Copeland, Paula Cumpton, Jerry Gordon, Debra James, Johnny Jones, Timothy Tennant, Norman Wilson and Abbie Woods.

Police Chief Willie Robinson plans to add another term to his 36 years of law enforcement experience. He's up against Barbara Carroll, who at four different police departments has a total of 16 years experience. Also running for Chief of Police is Markus Turner, who hopes to return to Rayville PD, after working in Winnsboro, and the Richland Parish Sheriff's office.

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