WATCH: Petitions seek to recall Alexandria Mayor Roy, two council members

We hearing more from one of the people behind an effort to recall Alexandria's mayor and two councilmembers.
Published: Sep. 21, 2023 at 10:19 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2023 at 6:17 PM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - A press conference was held on Thursday, Sept. 21, for the effort to recall Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy and city council members Lee Rubin and Jim Villard at City Hall in downtown.

You can watch the full presser in the video below:

Petitions to recall Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy and council members at-large Jim Villard and Lee Rubin have been received by the Louisiana Secretary of State.

The recall effort is being called “Project Enough.” Shicola Jones and her Vice Chairwoman Natosha Parker filed the three petitions on Tuesday, September 19 with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.

Organizers said in their first press conference since filing the petitions that councilmen At-Large Lee Rubin and Jim Villard were included because their positions represent the entire city of Alexandria. Jones said residents are unhappy with the direction the city is heading in under the leadership of the elected officials that are currently in office. She cited a rise in crime while not being able to fill vacancies at the Alexandria Police Department and also questioned the recent decisions made by Mayor Roy and two council members as it relates to utility disconnects during the summer months.

Jones also hinted at filing more petitions against every other member of the city council except for District 3 Councilwoman Lizzie Felter and District 4 Councilwoman Cynthia Perry. As of Thursday, Sept. 21, that has not happened yet but as more develops with this, News Channel 5 will provide an update.

As for the petitions against Mayor Roy and the two Councilmen At-Large, the “Protect Enough” recall organization will have until March 17 (180 days after they filled the petitions) to get the needed 6,329 signatures in order to trigger a recall. Those signatures can be challenged.

News Channel 5 has reached out to Mayor Roy and Councilmen Lee Rubin and Jim Villard for comment but have not heard back.

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