Port Allen, LA Update – 8/29/13

Organizers get closer to Mayor Slaughter recall election

By Terry L. Jones

Port Allen — Organizers behind the effort to oust Mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter told city officials Wednesday they have collected enough signatures to request a recall election.

Stacy Ryan, West Baton Rouge Parish’s registrar of voters, said the chairmen of the recall committee hand-delivered a letter to her at 8:09 a.m. Wednesday notifying her of the group’s intent to seek the recall election.

After the group submits the petitions to her Tuesday, Ryan said, she will have 15 days to certify the signatures before the petitions are sent to the Governor’s Office.

The Governor’s Office will have 15 days to decide whether to set an election to recall the mayor, she added.

Ryan said the recall petition is a first for West Baton Rouge Parish.

The group had until Dec. 4 to gather approximately 1,270 signatures — at least one-third of the city’s qualified voters at the time the petition was filed with the state Secretary of State’s Office on June 7.

John Michael Lockhart, a Port Allen resident and recall organizer, said Wednesday the group has collected more than 1,400 signatures.

“Friday was the final straw for a lot of people,” Lockhart said.

On Tuesday, New Orleans pastor and civil rights activist Rev. Raymond Brown joined two dozen of Slaughter’s supporters outside of City Hall threatening to boycott local businesses if Slaughter wasn’t shown more respect from certain members of the City Council.

3 Responses to “Port Allen, LA Update – 8/29/13”

  1. Anonymous Says:


  2. Anonymous Says:

    You don’t demand respect you EARN it, this is what is wrong with the latest bunch of elected officials including the mayor of Jonesboro, mayor of Gibsland, mayor of Homer!!!

    Notice I said mayor in lower case letters because they have not earned the respect for it to be capitalized!!!

  3. The Jet Says:

    Add Homer to that list as well, they are allegedly closing in on their signature requirement as well to recall their mayor.

    Yet multiple Jonesboro petitions fizzled out quickly? Hmmmm….

    We get the government we deserve folks. Ya’ll have let other people fight this battle for too long. Renee, Wesley, Jimmy, and Andy cannot fight this alone, a groundswell of public support is needed. Something like a serious, well-organized, well-funded, well-led recall effort.

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