Posted: Nov 7, 2012 5:50 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Nov 7, 2012 5:50 PM
WALKER- Voters in Walker selected a new mayor by a margin of 40 votes after a heated election.
Rick Ramsey won the vote with 51 percent and 1,307 votes, while incumbent Bobby Font received 1,267 votes.
Ramsey told News 2 he wants to hit the ground running when he takes office, and hopes to rework the city's debt payments.
"We will pay off our long-term bonds from 2000 and 1999 when they were intended to be paid off in 2019 and 2021," he said.
The mayor-elect also wants to increase the police force to accommodate the growing city.
"When I was an alderman for eight years our goal was to add one new police officer each year and two new police cars," he said. "We're gonna go back to that goal, if we can, until we get to the point where we feel comfortable with our office."
Besides police and finances, Ramsey wants to find a way to improve drainage in Walker.
"I think that's the number one issue we have to tackle, we've got to find a way to get water under the interstate and dumped down south where it belongs to Lake Maurepas," he said.
Ramsey will take office on Jan. 1.