Fate of Port Allen Mayor in hands of voters

Fate of Port Allen Mayor in hands of voters
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POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 8:04pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 8:05pm

It's the eve of the highly-anticipated recall election of port allen mayor Deedy Slaughter.

Port Allen still does not have a budget, and Saturday may leave the city without a mayor. Voters already turned out in record numbers in early voting for the recall election of Mayor Deedy Slaughter.

Nearly half of the residents in Port Allen have already cast their votes. The mayor said she knows her future's in the hands of the voters.

"Well we're hoping for a victory. If you look at it in general, I have not really done anything," Slaughter said.

Mayor Slaughter said she's ready for whatever saturday brings. She's been a controversial figure since taking office at the beginning of this year. Several City Hall employees have quit, and the budget's nearly five months late.

"So all of the allegations, they all came to be found that they were not true," Slaughter said. "I'm ready and available to continue to move this city forward."

Some voters don't think she has what it takes. So, they petitioned and with enough signatures, they put the fate of Slaughter's future as mayor on the ballot.

"Well tomorrow the people of Port Allen get to speak out on how they feel that the major is doing and I believe that they're going to say that they want her gone," John Michael Lockhart said. "Port Allen can't last four years with this woman as mayor....Cause city hall is a mess. I have no idea who the interim major will be, but this I do know, it will be better than what we have now."

However, voters like caster brown don't think the mayor had a fair chance.

"She deserves an opportunity to serve her term four years, and we are going to make sure we do that by getting out and voting," Caster Brown said.

"If it doesn't go the way that the media or the people or the polls says I'm going to continue to move forward and continue to strive for better things in life and continue to reach the goals that I have in life," Slaughter said.

Saturday could be a first for Port Allen since the city's never ousted a mayor before.

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