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Voters to decide race between Wicker and Selders

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POSTED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 6:13pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 6:52pm

Just six votes. That's the margin Tara Wicker beat Larry Selders by in the last District Ten race back in 2008. Some voters in the district say after four years under Wicker, the district is moving in the wrong direction.

"A lot of people are moving out of the community because they're not putting nothing back into the community. They're putting development downtown, but this is almost Mid-City, so they need a lot of construction around here and a lot of jobs and hopefully get a couple of businesses going," says business owner Marquis Dilworth.

I caught up with Dilworth at his barber shop on Eddie Robinson Senior Drive. He thinks the man whose hair he's cutting, Larry Selders, is the right man for the job. Selders wants to expand economic development outside of downtown and fix the crime problem by helping to get young people back to work.

"Youth development, help youth find jobs, after school programs, enrichment, Right now we're lacking in that. We need some new ideas. People are looking for a change,” says Selders.

Wicker says with all the progress the district has made over the last four years, it would be a mistake to change course now.

"We don't have time to start over. We've got a lot we've accomplished in District Ten, but there's still a lot more we have to accomplish. This is the year of putting shovels in the ground, implementing plans that have already been developed and it's a good time for District Ten to continue to move forward," says Wicker.

And her supporters feel that's just what she'll do if she's reelected.

"She is very passionate about people and that she will do her very best to make sure that the vision of Baton Rouge and the vision of District Ten is taken care of," says Cordia Clark.

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