The campaign to recall New Orleans’ Democrat Mayor LaToya Cantrell has now secured enough signatures to move forward, according to reports.
The group behind the campaign, No LaToya, says it has now collected the required number of signatures needed to put the mayor’s second term at risk.
The move comes as the city suffers soaring violent crime rates.
“Right now our mayor doesn’t love New Orleans so the citizens and the residents stood up,” Eileen Carter, the vice chair of the No LaToya recall campaign, told Fox News this week.
“We’re taking our city back, and we’re gonna save New Orleans.”
The petition was first filed by Carter and Belton “Noonie Man” Baptiste in August last year, as Slay News reported at the time.
It was then confirmed by the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.
The organizers gave the petition with signatures to the Orleans Parish Registrar of Voters office on Wednesday.
The group reportedly gathered over 50,000 signatures and claimed they exceeded that number.
Video footage shows the group moving boxes full of signatures out of a van.
Carter, who used to work in the mayor’s social media department, said organizers had long been “playing a game of strategy.”
“They thought we were just some residents who don’t know anything,” she commented during a recent news conference.
“But we stand here today, and so we ask you to trust us, and to continue on this.”
Meanwhile, Baptiste told Fox, “Mayor LaToya, it ain’t that we hate you.
“You didn’t do your job, and you’re about to be fired.”
New Orleans was recently called the nation’s murder capital, according to NBC News.
Homicides have soared to numbers not seen in years.
According to Breitbart, homicides surged to almost 250 by mid-December of 2022 in the Democrat mayor’s city.
Carter, who has accused the mayor’s office of keeping the recall campaign from hosting an event at a local restaurant, said people are tired of living under that kind of oppression.
She also told Fox the recall effort is made up of people with different political views, noting that when there is common ground, things move forward.
“We’re showing the difference of how government can work for the people with the people,” Carter stated.
Per the Fox report, state law says there are 20 days for the voter’s office to verify the signatures before announcing what happens next.
However, organizers are optimistic and confident the governor will grant approval for a special election.
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