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Petition for recall continues after mayor pro tem arrest

TEMPLE, TX (KXXV) -

While the city waits for a meeting, petitioners are out in full force to build signatures for a city council recall in Temple.

Just hours after the arrest of Judy Morales for destroying public information including emails related to her city council campaign in 2011, Mari Paul was out waving for signatures. Paul went to the Wal-Mart on 31st Street in Temple at 8:00 a.m. She was out all day trying to get signatures for a recall. 

"Whether Judy goes to jail or not or faces charges or is asked to step down from the city council, it doesn't resolve ultimately their issues," Paul said.

Paul says they're now up to more than 500 signatures. One of them was from Paul Bowland, who stopped by on his way to Wal-Mart.

"We're all held accountable for our actions and in the end it's not what they want, it's what the people want because that's why you get into public service," Bowland.

Paul did say they had a little bump in signatures after Morales' arrest.

"Definitely her arrest has encouraged folks and the main thing they're saying when they're coming in and signing is we still have four more."

The city says their plans have not changed. They've already organized a special meeting for Monday and will talk about what to do next then. Mayor Danny Dunn says by law that's the quickest they can organize a meeting.

"I would say that this issue we're dealing with does not have anything to do with a petition to recall and the city council is doing exactly what the city council has said it was going to do," Dunn said.

Paul says she will be out in Temple getting signatures throughout the Month. She says she'll be at the West Temple Community Park on Saturday and Ferguson Park on Sunday.

"There's so much more work to do and I don't think the people understand that **we can't stop here, we have got to hold these people accountable for what they did and for what they didn't do."

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