Mike Lambert recall, Sorrento, Louisiana (2014)

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An effort to recall Mayor Mike Lambert in Sorrento, Louisiana, from his position was launched in November 2013. Recall supporters pointed to Lambert's outbursts at public meetings, frequent absence and his stance on law enforcement. The effort was led by Brian Sisk and Donald Trabeaux, Jr.[1] The recall did not go to a vote.[2]

Sorrento's law enforcement ceased operations after its insurer Risk Management dropped its coverage. The insurance company pointed to a claims history for the reason why they dropped the coverage. Recall supporters, however, argued that the mayor let it happen by not offering enough support.[1]

Days prior to the filing of the recall petition for Lambert, another petition was filed to recall council member Randy Anny.

Lambert's response

In response to the effort, Lambert said that he stood by his decision to campaign against the police department. He added that the town could not afford a police force. At the time, the department made up 63 percent of the town's budget.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Louisiana

Petitions for an intent to recall were filed on November 22, 2013 with the Louisiana Secretary of State. Supporters of the recall effort had 180 days (until May 21, 2014) to collect and submit a minimum of 348 signatures in order to trigger an election.[1] Recall organizers failed to collect the necessary signatures.[2]

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