SLAUGHTER, LA (WAFB) - Two men are campaigning in the race for mayor in the Town of Slaughter. One is incumbent Mayor Robert Jackson, while the other is longtime alderman Nick St. Germain.
Jackson won't deny his first three years in office were rough.
"Two weeks in, we had Hurricane Isaac," Jackson said.
When he thought he could get back to business, a massive fire broke out at Monolyte Laboratories. Jackson admitted he spent most of his term reacting to disasters, but he said he spent the last year laying the foundation for a more solid future.
"Growth is coming, whether we like it or not, and we need to create jobs. We need to create revenue," Jackson said.
Jackson said developers have set their eyes on Slaughter and with good reason.
Slaughter recently got a 22-mile natural gas pipeline. It is an opportunity for the town to tap in more than a million dollars in revenue. The town is about to break ground on a state-of-the-art charter school, and is already working with Baton Rouge Community College to offer trade training to students.
"A lot of people in this parish and Zachary and St. Francisville are watching what we are doing. They know we are aggressive. They know we want to be successful, and I partner well with those people," Jackson said.
St. Germain, who is a three-term alderman, has a wish list of things he would like to tackle as mayor.
"I've always had this desire to do public service," St. Germain said.
St. Germain said, while growth is great, he also has some other concerns. One of which is Applebee Swamp. He wants to drain it to decrease what he believes is a dangerous mosquito habitat.
St. Germain said blight is also a major concern. He pointed to one property in particular which is owned by the town, according to St. Germain.
St. Germain also wants to see a detour around Ashcliffe Crossing.
"If we have an emergency in here with the train across the crossing we can't get an ambulance in here. We can't get fire. We can't get any emergency vehicles in here whatsoever. We are trapped," St. Germain said.
St. Germain said he also wants aldermen responding to the direct needs of citizens, keep a record of what they are doing to help, and provide an update at monthly meetings.
"The folks in this town put us in this position. We work for them. They don't work for us," St. Germain said.
The election is set for March 5.