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St. George reps no-shows at panel

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Posted: Jan 16, 2014 5:17 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Jan 16, 2014 7:04 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: st george, st george panel, st george forum, leaders with vision

BATON ROUGE - It was billed as a forum on creating the city of St. George, but many questions were left unanswered when the supporters of St. George were too booked and had to cancel their appearance.

Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso called the proposed city of St. George the most important topic to Baton Rouge in the last several decades. He said education is the underlying factor.

"The effects are going to have lasting implications for generations to come," Amoroso said. "If we don't fix the education system, we will continue to see the outward migration to Ascension and Livingston Parishes."

He made his comments at a forum Thursday hosted by Leaders with Vision. It was a chance for both sides to answer questions and make their case on where they stand. Except two St. George supporters had to back out, leaving their chair empty and questions for them unanswered.

"I really want to know how they're planning on running this government," asked Metro Councilman John Delgado. "What services they'll provide to people who live there and what they think the impact is going to cause on people in Baton Rouge and the unincorporated parts of the parish."

St. George organizers told News 2 in an interview Wednesday why they wouldn't make it for the luncheon.

"There are only three of us who speak, we all have full-time jobs," said Lionel Rainey III, spokesperson for the Committee to Incorporate St. George. "Everybody is a volunteer."

Rainey said today's event was never pitched to them as a debate opportunity. Both Rainey and Delgado tell News 2 they would be happy to debate in the future.

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