'I'm getting back in the race;' Slaughter comments on possible re-election
POSTED: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 9:46pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 4:12pm
PORT ALLEN, LA (NBC33) — Qualifying is now closed for the mayoral race in Port Allen, but there's one familiar name on the candidate list of 5. "I'm a fighter. I'm getting back in the race."
Recalled Mayor Deedy Slaughter is headed back to the ballot box, but for a different reason. She's running for mayor a second time.
"My love is here for the citizens of Port Allen, move the cityforward, and I want to be able to get back in, move the city forward, roll up my sleeves and get to work," she said. Citizens voted the Former Mayor out of office back in November, but not without controversy.She was accused of using Taxpayers' money on a trip to President Obama's Inauguration, not following protocol when it came to her salary and employment, and a battle that left the city without a new
budget for months. Resident, Sidney Griffin said, "I don't think she should run again, they voted her out, and I thinkits just causing more controversy."
However, not everyone feels that way.
"I basically want to complete the three year term my supporters elected me back in 2012," said Slaughter.
Supporters like DiQuinn Sege, who believe Slaughter just needs another chance.
"I've lived in Port Allen 16 years. I feel like she should get back in the race because everything was misconstrued on how things went down and she had the best intentions for Port Allen "
And whether against or in favor of her re-election, the city will decide April 5th. "I think they need new blood. I think it'd be good for the city of Port Allen," said Griffin.
Sege added, "Where she's coming from and what she's trying to do for Port Allen, that most people haven't done for Port Allen yet--every mayor that we've had. I mean, they might as well put her back in there."
Slaughter said, "This is something that I've also instilled in my children. If you start something, you want to complete it."