- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - An effort to recall Port Allen Councilman-at-Large R.J. Loupe has failed.

Residents seeking to recall Loupe had until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to submit a petition containing 1,285 signatures from the city’s qualified voters to the West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Office.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1otC0ie ) the deadline expired without the recall petition being filed.

The recall effort against Loupe was launched on Sept. 4 by residents who supported former Mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter. The group had 180 days - until March 4 - to collect the 1,285 signatures.

That deadline was extended until Wednesday since government offices were closed Tuesday for Mardi Gras.

The group filed the recall petition with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office a day after a different group of residents had submitted to the Registrar’s Office a signed recall petition against Slaughter, who was later ousted from office after a Nov. 16 recall election.

“This was all, more or less, a revenge-seeking ordeal,” Loupe said after the City Council’s committee meetings Wednesday night. “I didn’t do anything wrong to get hung up in a recall effort.”

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com