Group turns in signatures to recall member of Gonzales City Council

Group turns in signatures to recall member of Gonzales City Council
Councilman Gary Lacombe (Source: WAFB)
Councilman Gary Lacombe (Source: WAFB)

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - A group looking to recall a Gonzales City Council member turned in 2,700 signatures Tuesday morning.

Chuck LeBlanc, a co-chair of SaveGonzales, turned in the signatures to Ascension Parish Registrar Robert Poche in the effort to recall Councilman Gary Lacombe.

"We accomplished this mainly because the citizens and the voters of this little city signed that petition," LeBlanc said. "They want a change. With that many names, they're telling you they want a change. They want something done."

Poche has 15 days to verify the signatures. Citizens have five days to remove their names from the petition, unless those signatures are certified in less than five days. If verified, the petition will go to Gov. Bobby Jindal for inclusion on the December 6 ballot.

"It starts over again once the names are verified. We'll go back out to start knocking on doors and getting people out to vote, doing what we have to do to get them to the polls," LeBlanc added.

The group is expected to turn in signatures to recall Timothy Vessel at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Organizers said the two city leaders repeatedly block chances for Gonzales to grow.

"I was born and raised in this city. I've lived in the majority of my life and they've never had anything like this. It seems like some members of this council have trouble sitting down and working things out. It's always a three to two vote. Always," LeBlanc explained.

SaveGonzales spent four months knocking on doors to collect signatures. It had to gather signatures from one-third of registered voters in Gonzales, which is around 2,100.

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