Voters still have time to cast ballots in April 5th elections

(WAFB) - Several elections are taking place today in the area, and voters still have time to cast their ballot.

On the ballot are several key votes, including multiple mayoral races, and two tax renewals for the local BREC system. But one of the most anticipated elections is to decide who will sit in the mayor's chair across the river in Port Allen.

The April 5th Port Allen election has been a hot topic ever since former Mayor Deedy Slaughter was recalled back in November. Slaughter is running to reclaim the mayoral seat against fellow Democrats Kirby Anderson, Larry Bell, and Richard Lee III.

The city of Central is also having elections for various positions. Republicans Dave Frenaux and Junior Shelton are racing in the mayoral election. They are taking over for Central's first mayor, Mac Watts, who chose not to run.

Two BRPD veterans are vying for the new Chief of Police in Central. James Salsbury and Kerry Clark are running to replace current Chief Doug Browning.

Central is also filling the new city council seats. Eleven names are on the ballot, but only five people will be elected.

And all of East Baton Rouge Parish will vote on whether or not two tax renewals will move forward- a property tax that generates $15 million annually for maintenance and operations; the other tax brings in $7 million annually.

Polls close Saturday night at 8p.m.

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