Mayor responds after St. George signs found vandalized; organizers say ‘vandalism is a voter intimidation tactic as old as time’

Pro-St. George sign found vandalized, community says

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Some campaign signs in support of the incorporation of the City of St. George have been vandalized.

The signs were discovered Friday, Sept. 13 along Floynell Street. Multiple signs were vandalized. It appears someone spray-painted the word “no” on the signs. On some of the signs, it appears someone else came behind the original vandal and spray-painted the word “yes” in red over the original graffiti.

Organizers posted on Facebook in response to the vandalism, encouraging voters to “not be scared by the actions of cowards.”

Vandalism is a voter intimidation tactic as old as time. It will be interesting to see how The Advocate (Baton Rouge,...

Posted by St. George, Louisiana on Friday, September 13, 2019
It appears someone came behind the original vandal and spray-painted the word "yes" in red over the original graffiti.
It appears someone came behind the original vandal and spray-painted the word "yes" in red over the original graffiti. (Source: WAFB)

The potential incorporation of St. George has been a contentious issue recently, with the vote swiftly approaching on Oct. 12.

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, who notably opposes the incorporation of the City of St. George, released a statement about the vandalism Friday.

“The foundation of this community is respect for one another. We are all neighbors and we should look out for each other. We’re in the middle of an impassioned debate about the future of this community, let’s do it in a respectful manner. We will succeed if we stay united,” said Mayor Broome.

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While organizers of the movement say they will not raise taxes if St. George becomes its own city, the mayor’s office says the proposed city’s budget is unrealistic.

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