St. George, LA Update

No clear leader for St. George opposition

BY Elizabeth crisp
ecrisp@theadvocate.com

For the past four months, supporters of an effort to create an affluent new city in the southern unincorporated area of East Baton Rouge Parish have organized and built a support base.

The St. George campaign has a sleek, regularly updated website and regularly engages critics and supporters through its social media accounts. Volunteers set up tables throughout the community on weekends to build awareness and urge people to sign petitions necessary to put incorporation to a vote. They canvass their neighborhoods, petitions in hand, passing out stickers and yard signs that proclaim “I’m IN.”

Standing on the sidelines for much of the fight so far, opponents are taking notice. But a clear figurehead for the anti-St. George movement has yet to emerge.

Metro Councilman John Delgado, who has become a vocal opponent of St. George despite no formal role as the opposition’s leader, said St. George supporters have had an advantage of being “the only voice in the argument” since they began circulating petitions in September.

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