Posted: Dec 17, 2013 9:46 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Dec 18, 2013 8:03 AM
PORT ALLEN - An empty seat in Port Allen has been filled, for now. Gov. Bobby Jindal chose a former mayor of Port Allen to fill the vacated seat when Deedy Slaughter was recalled last month.
Marilynn "Lynn" Bergeron Robertson of Port Allen served as mayor from 1993 to 2004 and currently serves on the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission as a gubernatorial appointee representing West Baton Rouge Parish.
Hours after being appointed, Robertson says she's ready to get to work.
"I've already spoken to the council and they all would like to work together and we're going to do that and get a budget passed," said Robertson.
Familiar with the responsibilities, Robertson says she plans to do everything she did as mayor nine years ago.
"This job from having done it for 12 years, you have to trust the people around you," said Robertson. "You have to work with everybody and if you don't, it's a very very difficult job."
Robertson was one of three candidates for the position up against Mayor Pro Tem Ray Helen Lawrence, who has been acting mayor since Slaughter left office, and former president of West Baton Rouge Parish Ted Denstel.
Port Allen residents say they're ready for change.
"I think she can bring the community together," said Walt Braud. "I think if anybody can, I think definitely she can be the person to do it."
The special primary will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The general election will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014.