St. George incorporation looking to start more signing locations and times, opposition continues fighting
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Get ready to start seeing more than just signs out supporting the St. George incorporation, the group is now gearing up to take its petition drive to the next level.
"We are in an active push right now to bring in more volunteers so that we could actually go to seven days a week to collect signatures," explained Lionel Rainey of the St. George incorporation movement.
Lionel Rainey with the incorporation effort said the push isn't a sign that the cause is weakening, just gaining strength.
"You know we knew this was going to be a part of it and we knew we were going to have to increase our efforts in order to reach out and actually get this on a ballot. We'd love to get it on the November ballot but right now this is a good sign to us. The more engagement and the more people get involved, the better," said Rainey.
Dianne Hanley has been fighting against the effort for just a few months now.
"As soon as I started hearing about it, I had a sense that something wasn't right with this," added Hanley.
She said she realizes the next few months will be hard, especially since the opposition had a head start. She and others say they're going to fight fire with fire.
"Our hope is that we would get people informed enough so that they wouldn't sign the petition to begin with to get the election in the first place. But we're going to keep working right up until whatever happens because what's important is that people are informed about the facts," said Hanley.
Those in favor of incorporation need about 18,000 signatures to get the item on the ballot for a general vote.