War over St. George plays out on Facebook
BATON ROUGE- A political war is unfolding on social media, after the Mall of Louisiana and Baton Rouge General Hospital announced plans that they wanted to be annexed into the City of Baton Rouge.
Councilman Ryan Heck has never said he supports the St. George effort, but has always said he wants to give residents an opportunity to vote on the issue. Heck wrote the following on his Facebook page.
"Too many people now realize that this town is run by a small group of elite businessmen who have teamed up with the Poverty Pimps that control votes with an endless supply of 5 dollar bills and even more empty promises," Heck said.
His post went on to say that the real issue is about education, and all parents want are better schools.
"This movement CANNOT be stopped," Heck said. "It's a natural response to the years and years of failed government here in EBR - not specifically this administration, but the governments of the past 100 years."
People in the proposed boundary of St. George have mixed feelings on how the issue should play out. However, everyone we talked to believed there needs to be education reform.
"I do believe school reform is necessary, but I'm not saying creating St. George will make it better," Victoria Ambeau said. "All they need to do is work with schools we have to make them better."
However, others are much more confident. Janet Dicharry said her experience shows people want better public schools.
"I was a Realtor for 26 years," Dicharry said. "Very active and schools are the number one issue for everyone that did not choose Baton Rouge to move here was strictly school related."
"It wasn't that they didn't like the town or what we had to offer, but school comes first," Dicharry added.
Mayor Kip Holden could not be reached today.
Councilman Ryan Heck declined to do an on camera interview about his comments.