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Group calls for Pine Bluff mayor recall

The goal of a new group called the 'Concerned Citizens of Pine Bluff Coalition' wants Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus recalled. Now they're working to gather thousands of signatures to get the recall on the ballot.
The goal of a new group called the Concerned Citizens of Pine Bluff Coalition wants Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus recalled. Now they're working to gather thousands of signatures to get the recall on the ballot.

"Just as Judus betrayed Jesus, Mayor Redus betrayed the city of Pine Bluff, " said Gary Wilson.

Gary Wilson is spearheading the Concerned Citizens of Pine Bluff Coalition.  He and his backers believe Mayor Carl Redus' six years in office has significantly hurt Pine Bluff, the city they love.

"We have done something stupid, we have a chance to correct it by recalling the mayor of Pine Bluff, said John Tate.

Those behind the recall say the firing of police chief John Howell was the straw that broke the camel's back, but there are many other issues that have brought this on.

"We had a police chief, that brought the crime rate down for ten months, and he fired the man," said Frank Williams.

Pine Bluff resident Frank Williams says it's time to get to work to gather enough signatures to recall Redus.

"In 2009, 18,000 voters voted, we need to get 6,300 signatures to force this recall," said Williams.

"I don't care if our next mayor is black, white, blue, I want a mayor that is going to move the city of Pine Bluff forward," said Williams.

The coalition isn't wasting any time, Friday, they started gathering signatures.

After several attempts at contacting Mayor Redus, he issued this statement:

"Unfortunately there are citizens that are disgruntled for a variety of reasons. I can assure you I am still committed to the citizens of Pine Bluff, improved quality of life and quality of place."

"The citizens that I am communicating with and hearing from are very much supportive of the initiatives and actions that are taking place. Therefore, I don't believe the group you heard from is representative of the majority of Pine Bluff."

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