Port Allen voters discuss what they want to see in their next mayor

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 11:52pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 9:02am

Voters in Port Allen are getting ready to make a big decision. This spring they’ll have to vote on a new mayor. Qualifying for the mayor’s race begins Wednesday. Voters say they are keeping a close eye on the race.

"What I’m looking for in a candidate is someone who has the understanding of what they are doing in that office, and the understanding of politics,” Allen Goree, Port Allen voter, said. “That’s what we need. "

After months of fighting at city hall, some people living in the city had had enough. Then in November voters went to the polls for a special recall election. Ultimately voters chose to recall then Mayor Deedy Slaughter.

Now people living in Port Allen want to make sure whoever gets the job, can help the city move forward.

"Someone who we can keep in office,” Arthur Cagle, Port Allen voter, said. “[Someone who] does a good job. [who] earns the public's trust back and can continue on a positive course for the city. "

The candidates haven't been decided yet, but voters say they have decided which issues the next mayor will have to address.

"The biggest problem here in Port Allen is everybody is scared afraid of change," Goree said.

Cagle described, "The big issues are healing the wounds of the divisiveness that came up in the city. "

Voters said they'll look for a candidate who has integrity.

“The desire for that [integrity] and for reuniting the city is burning brightly,” Cagle stated.

"Honestly, it's just supposed to be somebody entrusted to be fair and to look out for this city and it's citizens," Goree said.

The winner of the mayor’s race would serve out the remainder of now recalled mayor Deedy Slaughter's term.

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