Port Allen Mayor doesn't contest recall, vacates office

Former Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter
Former Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - The city of Port Allen is officially without a Mayor. Deedy Slaughter vacated her seat without contest.

Citizens of Port Allen recalled Deedy Slaughter during the November 16 elections, putting an end to 11 months of controversy. After less than a year on the job, she is now the first politician to ever be recalled in West Baton Rouge Parish. After all of the ballots were counted, 57 percent voted in favor of the recall.

Slaughter had nine days to contest the results of the election.

City leaders went back and forth for months over a budget that still hasn't been approved.

Several city workers also left office under Slaughter's leadership.

The Port Allen council has 20 days to name an interim. If they don't, Governor Bobby Jindal will appoint an interim.

In the meantime, Mayor Pro Tem Ray Helen Lawrence is left in charge.

The election for a new mayor will likely be held April 5, 2014.  Slaughter is eligible to run for re-election if she chooses.

The petition to recall Mayor Slaughter was filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State on June 7, 2013.

On September 2, 2013, more than 1,500 signatures were delivered to the West Baton Rouge Registrar of Voters. Just six days later, Registrar Stacy Ryan certified 1,387 of those signatures. Only 1,273 were needed, which is 1/3 of all registered voters in Port Allen.

On September 20, 2013, Governor Bobby Jindal certified all signatures and set an election date for November 16, 2013.

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