Amite politico Walter Daniels returned from a trip to the Secretary of State’s Office in Baton Rouge as the newly-sworn in mayor of his hometown.
After being appointed acting mayor on Friday night in a 3-2 vote of the Amite Council, Daniels said he went to Baton Rouge Monday to file the appropriate paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office. While there, he took his oath of office and assumed duties as Amite’s mayor just two weeks after Mayor Buddy Bel passed away following a fall in his home.
Daniels, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Bel twice, lamented the loss of the longtime public servant, remembering Bel as a colleague on the Amite Council.
The newly-installed mayor said he will rely on his experience on the city council and as a former Tangipahoa Parish School Board member to prove to his hometown that he will be a good and fair mayor. He plans to run for a full term this fall and hopes the time between now and Election Day will give him a chance to prove himself to this diverse community.
Daniels said a special gathering will be scheduled next week so he can take his oath of office again among friends and family. He said that ceremony is being planned for Monday night at City Hall.