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COLUMBIA - Columbia Councilmen Daryl Dudley's job is a little safer Wednesday after organizers of a recall election stepped back from their effort to oust the councilmen. The group said it is satisfied it has sent him a message and is pleased that Trial E of the city's ward reconfiguration was approved Monday.  The group fell far short of the needed signatures to start the recall process. Organizers obtained 830 signatures toward the 1,521 required signatures to set a recall election.

Jeanette Jackson-Thompson was one of the grass roots organizers behind the effort.

"Mr. Dudley just hasn't listened to his constituents" she said Wednesday. "I can't tell you how many times he said 'I, I, I' at the meeting held at the Daniel Boone Regional Library at the October 7 meeting."

Jackson-Thompson said the recall petition was the only way to get his attention. While Jackson-Thompson said she will not contiue canvasing for residents' signatures, she can't speak for others who could continue to seek more signatures. However, she said she will not continue the effort.

City Clerk Sheela Amin said the group has until Nov. 1 to collect more signatures without starting a brand new petition.

KOMU 8 tried contacting Councilmen Dudley for his reaction to this announcement, but he has not returned calls.