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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 November 23, 2009 with the Morehouse Parish Clerk of Court's Office and Registrar's Office. The effort is being organized by Rose Thompson, a local resident. Thompson has been named as the chairman of the recall committee and John H. Ware has been named vice-chairman.[1]


According to recall supporters, the recall effort began because residents aren't happy 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,” said Olive. “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 have 180 days, 6 months, to collect a minimum of 2,547 signatures(approximately 33.3% of the total registered voters) from Bastrop registered voters. There are approximately 7,808 registered voters in the city.[2]

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