CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) - Two state representative seats will be up for grabs on Saturday and one will directly affect District 65. That includes the City of Central, and resident Don York plans to make his voice heard at the polls.
"I think it's important you vote. It doesn't make a difference who you vote for but you need to vote," said York.
York and other voters in district 65 will decide between current Baton Rouge Councilman Scott Wilson who is in his second term and local businessman Barry Ivey. Ivey, who declined our request for an interview, heads into the election with the support of the Republican Party of Baton Rouge and touts strong conservative values. Wilson, also on the GOP ticket, is hoping his public service experience makes the difference.
"Budgets, infrastructure, economic development, those are things that I've had experience with on the Council and those are things I can bring to the table with the state legislature and I'm looking forward to Saturday for the election," said Wilson.
Saturday the old middle school on Hooper Road will be the primary location for voters in Central but while it will be the first election of 2013, Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he is still expecting a low turnout.
"We had a very dismal early voting process just below 10 percent. I am certainly hoping for more than that. We are predicting 17 or 18 percent. I'd be surprised if it goes above 20 and very disappointed if it's below 15," said Schedler.
The idea of a low turnout at the election has York believing each and every vote will be even more important.
"This is going to affect all of our lives in this district on how they vote. What goes on for the old folks, what goes on for young folks and education, so I just think they are missing it because if they don't vote they ain't got no gripe," said York.