Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni recall effort ends

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni recall effort ends

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The effort ends to recall Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni over his texting scandal.

The office of attorney Robert Evans III confirms he has ended the recall Yenni campaign operations.

"Given we still have people calling to volunteer every day, I didn't think it was fair to have people taking time away from their families and businesses to continue walking the streets collecting signatures," said Evans. "I've spent more than I said I was going to spend, committed countless hours and could not be more inspired by the efforts of all our volunteers and the voters of Jefferson Parish who supported this effort.

Organizers had until April 6 to gather the more than 90,000 voter signatures needed to force a special election.

Last year, Yenni admitted to sending inappropriate text messages to a college-bound young man, but refused to step down.

Evans and Recall Yenni will cease efforts immediately, but is encouraged by legislative efforts to lessen the burden of voters to recall elected officials who betray the integrity and privilege of the office they were elected to hold.

"I have never let the recall effort nor any politically-orchestrated campaigns against me distract me from doing the job I was elected to do. We are continuing to fulfill goals and look toward the future of Jefferson. I am obviously pleased the recall chapter is closed, but truly the news doesn't impact how I will continue to govern," Yenni said in a statement.

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