“I think we increased people’s awareness of the situation and issues and I think the mayor toned down at least in part because of it,” said Darren D’Aubin, chairman.
The group had until 5 p.m. this past Friday to file its recall petition with the Secretary of State.
Since it was “about 300” names short, it did not file. D’Aubin said the organizers secured 1,800 to 1,900 signers.
State law requires one-third of the registered voters to force a recall election. In Eunice’s case, that would be about 2,200 persons.
Eunice First incorporated last August and made recall of Morris the first priority on its good-government list.
“We’ll continue to look out for the best interest of the citizens and businesses of Eunice,” D’Aubin said.
The non-profit organization made it clear six months ago that its agenda for what it considers a proper political environment did not stop with the recall drive.
Members said then, and D’Aubin reiterated Friday, that Eunice First will be a player in Eunice political events.
Saturday morning, Morris had little to say regarding the recall attempt.
“Do you believe Darren D’Aubin?” he asked in reference to the number of signatures on the petitions.
Beyond that, the mayor had no comment.
Morris has had nothing to say about the Eunice First drive since an exchange of barbs in its early days.