Petitioners Halfway There for Recall of Missouri Parish President

Roughly halfway through a 180-day window to force a recall election against Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, organizers say they have collected about half the signatures they will need to be successful.

The pace suggests getting the recall on the ballot will be difficult, given that the campaign has likely already reached the lowest-hanging fruit -- people most appalled by Yenni's admission that he exchanged inappropriate texts with a teenager.

But organizers remain optimistic, saying that with the holiday lull behind them and a door-to-door campaign underway, they expect to recapture the momentum they need.

"The tempo is back up to where it was during the election period" before Nov. 8, said Mikey Bowler, who runs the day-to-day operations for the Recall Yenni drive.

Bowler said the effort has between 40,000 and 50,000 of the roughly 90,000 signatures -- one third of Jefferson's 270,000 registered voters -- it will need to force a recall election, a range he admits doesn't exactly pin things down.

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