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UPDATE: Recall petition in Welsh fails

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Alderman Perry, second from left, taking the oath of office in December 2016 Alderman Perry, second from left, taking the oath of office in December 2016

UPDATE: A recall petition against Alderman Colby Perry has failed to obtain the required number of signatures, the Jennings Daily News reports. 

The small Jeff Davis Parish town has been the location of a lot of political infighting this year. 

In August, a recall petition was launched against the mayor. To read that story, click here

Shortly after that, the mayor, two of her children and the police chief filed suit against Perry. To read that story from KPLC, click here

Here's our original story on the petition against Perry: 

A recall petition is circulating in Welsh, aimed at Alderman Colby Perry. 

James Wright, a local businessman, filed the paperwork with the Secretary of State last week to recall Perry from his post. 

"Welsh is a beautiful little place. A lot of us voted for Mr. Perry, because he's a young man and we felt like we needed some young people on the council," Wright said. "But we can't allow one guy to stop government. We feel like we made a mistake and we need to correct it."

Wright said Perry has obstructed recent meetings and caused confusion by fixating on issues that the District Attorney and the town's CPA firm have assured him are not being handled incorrectly. Wright said town employees are being harassed, and alleges that obscene and harassing phone calls are coming in to the town hall daily. Wright said he and others in the town are worried that Perry's obstructionism will cost the town growth over the next several years. He said they're also worried about the destruction of the small-town community that residents there treasure. 

Wright said he needs about 700 signatures on the petition within the next 180 days. He has set up a Facebook page with information on it, and as a way for interested people to contact him or keep up with the group's efforts. To see it, click here

Perry could not be reached for comment; according to his social media he is out of the country.

On his Facebook page yesterday, the Alderman posted the following statement, along with a video of a speech by Ronald Reagan: 

"While I am 6,583 miles away from home, serving my country on military orders in Japan, someone took advantage of the opportunity to desperately publish articles in the media pertaining to me. Foremost, those behind the articles never spoke to me to gather my point of view, nor were they at any of the three budget meetings. Truly, it is not whether my point of view was or is incorrect, but rather inconsistent with their own. My trip to Japan is only two weeks long; however, quickly packing everything, jumping on a plane, and leaving my regular life was difficult enough. Though I ultimately believe in the values and freedoms shared in America. I believe in the freedom of speech. And, I believe in Democracy. Thus, I wish everyone did as well."

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