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Tallulah holds mayoral forum

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TALLULAH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - In Tallulah, six of the eight candidates vying for the late Mayor Eddie Beckwith's position participated in a mayoral forum.

Mayor Beckwith died in March of cancer and all of the candidates who were there on Monday night said they should fill his shoes.

One candidate sang. Another bragged his young age made him more qualified to lead. And one received an out pouring of applause from the crowd. But all made their case on why they should be the next Mayor of Tallulah.

Rita Hargrave took notes during the forum and said she is concerned about the state of the town.

"I was born and raised here and my family was. I know what it was and what it can become," Hargrave said.   

Another resident, Mary King listened intently as the candidates answered questions, one by one, until their allotted two minutes were up. 

She and Hargrave both said the town is lacking unity. And King said sometimes the town chooses the person they know over the person who could do the best job.

"Instead of getting persons most qualified and who care about the community, most of the time we are getting our family and personal friends to hold positions they may not even be qualified for," King said.

Both Hargrave and King said all the candidates impressed them, but talk only goes so far.

They say whoever is elected mayor should do more to involve the community, like hold meeting like these.

The Tallulah mayor's election was originally scheduled for April 5, but after Mayor Beckwith died qualifying was pushed back.

Voters will now decide this race on May 3.

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