PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - The election to name a mayor for Port Allen is quickly approaching, and 5 people have qualified to run. But, one will be running the race a second time, former mayor Deedy Slaughter. Slaughter was recalled by voters three months ago. Jason Hammack who owns a café on Court St. said he isn't surprised she's running again, but asked what is the point?
"The majority of the citizens of Port Allen just voted you out of office. They threw you out of office, because they did not like the way you were trying to run the city," said Hammack.
Ray Jackson is in favor of Slaughter running again. He said she didn't get a fair shot.
"They were fighting her from the very beginning, because Port Allen really needs a change. They are trying to hold it down between a few hands and it is time for Port Allen to open up," said Jackson.
Deedy Slaughter qualified for the election around 2p.m. Friday, on the final day of qualifying.
Slaughter tells WAFB "I'm just getting back in the race to complete the three year term that the supporters elected me for in 2012."
Political Analyst Clay Young said running again, isn't so bizarre. But, he said there are several questions that need to be answered.
"For me the question is this. Are there enough people in Port Allen who are willing to support again? It is a big gamble, but I guess we are going to find out," said Young.
Slaughter was the first politician ever to be recalled in West Baton Rouge Parish. She was mayor for less than a year.
The petition to recall Mayor Slaughter was filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State on June 7, 2013.
During the recall election, 57 percent of the votes were in favor of her recall.
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.
After the recall, Lynn Robertson was appointed as mayor of Port Allen by Governor Bobby Jindal as the replacement for Slaughter. Robertson is not running for the permanent job..
Friday afternoon, the Secretary of State website listed the candidates vying for the position thus far.
So far, the candidates who have qualified are:
Kirby D. "Mr. A" Anderson Sr. Democrat
Larry W. Bell Democrat
Leon Goudeau Jr. No Party
Richard N. Lee III Democrat
Demetric "Deedy" Slaughter Democrat