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Record turnout recalls Port Allen mayor

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PORT ALLEN- Deedy Slaughter became the 12th mayor in Louisiana since 1966 to be recalled Saturday night when 57 percent of voters here voted to kick her out of office.

Slaughter was mayor less than a year. But, the months of her leadership have been contentious.

In February, the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered a tax-payer funded trip to Washington, D.C. Slaughter claimed she was on city business and meeting with Senator Mary Landrieu but that could not be proven. Senator Landrieu said she had no recollection of a meeting with Slaughter about Port Allen.

"We got our city back," some people changed when the results became official in West Baton Rouge.

"We got our city back from someone who was self serving to feed her pocket," a voter said.

People have said the issues were about race, but Saturday night people argued it was about the city and significant issues there.

"My daughter is biracial. It's not about race. It's about growing up here and keeping the pride," said Regina Rizzutto.

Slaughter could not be reached for comment Saturday night, and no one answered the door when WBRZ News 2 knocked at her house.
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