BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) “I am a firm believer that it’s important if you have a position on an issue that you do as much as possible up until the polls close.”
Mayor-President, Sharon Weston Broome sticking by her word from an October 11th interview.
Monday morning, Broome and two citizens filed a lawsuit seeking to block the incorporation of St. George one month after the election.
They are challenging the incorporation under a state statue. It details how any municipality that could be adversely affected by the incorporation of another can legally challenge the creation of a new city.
”The allegations made in there are frivolous.”
Saint George’s attorney, Andrew Murrell said, the battle over the incorporation is undermining the democratic process.
“We had an election and we won the election, that should be the process. Instead, these litigations are going to take needless taxpayers’ dollars to sue tax paying citizens and its disappointing” said Murrell.
The mayor’s office confirmed, the lawsuit is being funded by private donors, saying in a statement, “the time for promises, speculative ideas and criticism of Baton Rouge and the rest of the parish is over, done.”
Murrell said, by filing this lawsuit, the mayor-president is sending a strong message to the citizens.
”The city parish is once again not listening to your wants and desires and your concerns. instead, they’re trying to undermine this lawful election and say that your vote doesn’t matter, and your vote doesn’t count.”
Original: The East Baton Rouge Parish & City of Baton Rouge mayor is suing the incorporation of the City of St. George.
According to the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome filed a lawsuit in court Monday morning against two organizers, challenging their ability to provide services for those who live within the newly proposed city.
The lawsuit also claims the incorporation will “have a substantial adverse impact on the city of Baton Rouge as well as the remaining unincorporated areas of the parish.”
For more on the lawsuit, click here.