PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - The former mayor of Port Allen is breaks her silence after being ousted from office by voter petition. Now, she's running again. Deedy Slaughter says she's listening to her mom's advice, to never quit something she started.
Slaughter said her new mindset is what will be different this time around -- a mindset where Slaughter wants another chance to finish what she started, her four-year term as mayor.
"If the citizens as a whole would just give me that opportunity, they will see some great things happen for this city," said Slaughter.
In a historic move, 57 percent of Port Allen voters cut Slaughter's term short when they recalled her. That vote came after her 11 months in office were plagued with controversy.
Kiran: "Do you believe you did any wrongdoing last year in office?"
Slaughter: "No, I don't believe."
Kiran: "Nothing at all?"
Slaughter: "No, I don't believe I did any wrongdoing."
She agrees there were several disagreements between the council and her and even admits it was a power struggle by all sides. She claims she had no disagreements with the city's Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain, Chief Administrative Officer Adrian Genre and the half dozen other city employees who quit under her watch. Slaughter said she ran the city according to the Lawrason Act - the body of law that outlines how a city should operate, but that's where much of the friction came from.
Kiran: "At the end of the day, what's more important? Sticking to the Lawrason Act and sticking to the books or is the better of Port Allen more important?
Slaughter: "It's the betterment of Port Allen. I just believe if there's a law in place, we have to follow it."
Kiran: "Be it the hiring process, the mayor's salary or just even a legal fee that has to be paid out by city funds, it needs to be approved. The law states the council has to approve those. Why weren't those laws followed then?
Slaughter: "Those laws were followed."
Slaughter believes she did not cause or increase Port Allen's racial divide, but when it comes to her supporters, she said there was confusion on election night with some thinking they were voting "for" her when in reality they voted for her to be recalled. It's why she believes she has a chance to once again represent all of Port Allen.
Kiran: "Last year, a lot of people will go back and say that it was hell. What do you tell those people?"
Slaughter: "well, I would tell those people give me a chance. Look inside the real D Slaughter."
Slaughter is one of the five candidates running for Port Allen mayor on April 5th. The other four include Richard Lee, Kirby Anderson, Leon Goudeau Jr. and Larry Bell.