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Recall election for city directors off the table

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TEXARKANA, Ark. -

An effort to recall Texarkana, Arkansas city directors has been dropped.
    
Earlier this year, a local "tea party" group started the process of collecting signatures for a recall election on the directors who voted to rehire a former city manager.
    
While hundreds of signatures have been collected, the Miller County Patriot Group says they've decided to take the recall election off the table.
    
Efforts to recall directors Sue Johnson, Laney Harris, Londell Williams and Mike Jones began after they voted to rehire former City Manager Harold Boldt.
    
A petition to recall Johnson was dropped earlier this month.
    
Boldt resigned in March when he lost his temper with a resident during a city board meeting.
       
He then accepted a $162,000 settlement in July, then re-applied for the job.
    
Miller County Patriot Dwayne Hall says the financial shape of the city under Boldt's leadership lead to their decision to drop the petitions on the other three directors.

"A special election would probably cost between $15,000 and $20,000 dollars depending on how it was held that would be an extra expense that is not budgeted for," said Hall.

Hall says they initiated the recall petition back in September.
    
He says the recall effort on Johnson stopped after supporters of Boldt went after someone's job because of the recall effort against her.
    
The group had collected about 1,800 signatures.
    
Hall says those voices will now have to be heard at the polls.

"I would like to see a good election with several people involved in it this next year," said Hall.  

The Miller County Patriot Group believes they had enough for the recall election, but they were not sure if all the signatures would be valid.

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