Betty Alford-Olive recall, Bastrop, Louisiana, 2010

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A petition of intent to recall Bastrop Mayor Betty Alford-Olive was officially filed on November 23, 2009, with the Morehouse Parish Clerk of Court's Office and Registrar's Office. The effort was organized by Rose Thompson, a local resident. Thompson was named as the chairman of the recall committee and John H. Ware was named vice-chairman.[1] As of April 2015, there is no additional information on this recall and it has been considered abandoned. If you have more information on this event, please contact us.


According to recall supporters, the recall effort began because residents were unhappy with the direction of the city. Thompson, once an avid supporter of Alford-Olive said, "I thought she was going to move the city forward. But she doesn't have a clue on how to run the city. Not only does she not have a clue, we don't have anyone knocking on her doors for anything. She doesn't have a plan and doesn't know how to present herself."[2]

Response to recall

In response to the recall efforts, Alford-Olive said, "My job as mayor is to make sure this city is being productive, that we are moving in a positive direction. So I am channeling my energy toward that. I recognize everyone has a right to freedom of speech, but my job is to be the mayor for everybody, not just a certain few. Every decision I make is tested against what is in the best interest of the city."[1]

Path to the ballot

Recall supporters had 180 days to collect a minimum of 2,547 signatures (approximately 33.3% of the total registered voters) from Bastrop registered voters. As of 2010, there were approximately 7,808 registered voters in the city.[2]

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