Many community advocates have often wondered why Baton Rouge does not have its own City Council. How come Baker, Zachary, and Central can vote for Baton Rouge Mayor but residents of Baton Rouge can not vote for their respective Mayor?
Baton Rouge has over 225,000 residents. Baton Rouge has an estimated 54% of the population Black or African American compared to their White counterpart which is at an estimated 39% according to SurbanStats.org
“If you really want to do something good for the City of Baton Rouge community why don’t we all get together and allow the City of Baton Rouge to have its own city council like Baker, Zachary, and Central.” said Johnson.
Johnson said that he is not opposed to dividing the title Mayor-President to make this happen. He simply want voters to decide if they would like control of their own city tax dollars.
Central has over 26,000 residents in which 89% of the city is White compared to their Black counterparts which is at estimated 8%.
Zachary has over 15,000 residents in which 61% of the city is White compared to their Black counterparts which is at estimated 35%.
Baker has over 14,000 residents in which 77% of the city is Black compared to their White counterparts which is at estimated 20%.
Many community advocates believes that under the current Metropolitan Council, areas like North Baton Rouge won’t get the fair attention that it deserves because Council members that do not live within the city limits won’t favor improving that area.
Johnson believes that the fair thing to do would be to allow this decision to go up for a vote to all residents within the city limits.