District two residents start petition to recall councilwoman
POSTED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 5:32pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 5:39pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Two residents of district two are leading the charge to get councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel out of office, just 10 months after she started the job. Recall leader Donald Adams, feels that as a councilmember Banks-Daniel has been unresponsive and out of touch with their needs.
"It’s like we don't have a councilman, and it's like I would like to tell Ms. Daniels personally, if you work with us, we'll work with you. But it seems she's turned a deaf ear to us," explained Adams.
But the councilwoman said she's not going to shy away from the fight, she intends to take this one head on.
"I am just kind of excited that I was chosen for such a time as this to show people that you don't have to falter, whether it's a child or an adult, when a bully comes at you and don't falter or be fearful," shared the councilwoman.
Banks-Daniel feels the petition to get her out of office is motivated by the writers personal political goals.
"You never know what people can do when they're desperate. But I think that people realize that this is just politically motivated, and I'll show strength and character through it all," said Banks-Daniel.
But Banks-Daniel’s challengers have said that their concern is with how she is responding to district two’s needs.
"You're still over the district, you still should represent the people. It's not about me, it's not about Mr. slaughter, it's about district two," emphasized Adams.
The petition needs more than 7,000 signatures from registered district two voters, it’s something Banks-Daniel doubts will happen.
"When it's all said and done, I'll still be the metro-councilwoman for district two, I'll still be working with my constituency to make this district a great place to live, work and play," added Banks-Daniel.
Those hoping to recall Banks-Daniel have to get those signatures within a six month deadline. Scotlandville resident James Slaughter is the second resident leading the charge on the petition. James slaughter is the brother of dismissed Jewl J. Newman community center director Carl Slaughter.