MOREHOUSE PARISH - Voters are gearing up to head to the polls this weekend. In Bastrop, the mayoral race sees nine candidates, including a former mayor and the incumbent.
"There are a lot of citizens interested in moving Bastrop forward and there are a lot of different ideas of how to do it," says Mayor Arthur E. Jones.
Jones is feeling pretty confident about this weekend's race-even having to face off against Betty Alford-Olive; she was mayor of Bastrop from July 2009 to June 2013. Alford-Olive lost her bid for re-election to Jones.
Still, there are seven other candidates to negotiate in this field... including Democrats Ricky Allen Anderson, Charles "Bishop" Bradford, and Henry Cotton.
The field also includes Democrats James Jackson, Erick Montgomery and Lorenzo Wright. Jr.
Rounding out the field is the sole Republican in the race, Leland "Chip" Rawls, II.
We reached out to residents to see what issues are driving them to the polls and found a recurring theme-jobs.
"The most important issue to me is the jobs. Maybe the water bill going down, the water bills around here are extremely high," says local voter, Regina Washington.
Aubrey Robinson echoes Washington.
"We need some more jobs in town. All our kids are moving, having to go off to get jobs," says Robinson.
Saturday's election results don't guarantee a new mayor; if none of the candidates gets 50% plus one vote, then voters will be looking at a run-off between the top two finishers.
Voters will also choose alderman for the City of Bastrop.
Voters in Districts B, C, D and E have candidates on the ballot.
To check out who's on the ballot, follow this link: https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/CandidateInquiry
The polls open at 7:00 a.m. Saturday and close at 8:00 p.m. For information on your voting precinct, call your local registrar of voters office.
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