Port Allen tries to return to business after two recall petitions were filed

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - It was standing room only for the Port Allen committee meeting Wednesday night but it was anything but business as usual for councilman R.J. Loupe who is a the target of a recall petition.

"I kind of had the feeling that something was going to happen I just didn't know how it was going to happen," said Loupe.

Nearly 1,300 certified signatures are needed to move the recall effort forward against Loupe who may not have been surprised but admits it came earlier than expected.

"I thought they would wait and see exactly the success in the mayor's recall, which honest I had nothing to do with. I didn't sign it. I didn't call for it," added Loupe.

This latest filing comes just two days after more than 1,400 Port Allen resident signatures were presented to the West Baton Rouge Registrar for a recall of Mayor Deedy Slaughter.

"Very unfortunate news to receive another black eye for the city and just hoping we can get it all behind us, get on the same page and just move forward," said Councilman Brandon Brown.

As the challenge of dealing with more unrest continues, the city is still operating without an approved budget but leaders are hopeful that will soon change. Slaughter announcing she will formally present her amended budget next week.

"We are ready to reintroduce it next Wednesday night, hopefully we'll be able to move forward with that budget," said Slaughter.

"The mayor has to present it and we have to adopt it and if there's items in there we don't like we can make amendments and pull them out and vote for that and if it passes the ball is in her court," said Loupe.

The group seeking the recall of Loupe will have 180 days to get the required amount of signatures.

The West Baton Rouge registrar of voters has two weeks to verify each signature on the submitted petition to recall Slaughter.

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