The former Alice City Council candidate, who only a week ago sought a recall of the mayor and a councilman, has had a change of heart.

What’s more is he says his decision wasn’t influenced by any kind of political pressure. Rather, Tony Sexton said he attended the council meeting Thursday night and finally saw the group working together.

“I finally saw some hope and progress,” he said. “I’m hoping this council and the mayor will begin to work together. Do I agree with the mayor’s behavior all the time? No, I don’t, but I do see a glimmer of light and I see a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Sexton submitted to the city affidavits for recall for mayor Jolene B. Vanover and council member Pete Crisp last Tuesday. However, he rescinded his recall and called off his efforts Monday. Sexton said he had more than enough support to put Vanover and Crisp on a recall referendum, but he said the community has been through enough political turmoil.

“There is new leadership at city hall and it’s only been two and a half months (since the council’s election),” Sexton said. “I had plenty of support (for the recall), but I’m doing what’s right and what has to be done for the people of Alice. Alice needs to see this council working together. This council can get the job done.”

Sexton was a candidate for Place 1 on the council on the May 6 ballot. He lost his bid for the council to Crisp.

The recall petition he sough was the second of this council since the election. In early June, voters Cindy Loera and Randal Dickens filed affidavits for recall for council members Yolanda Moran and Elida Garza. The group collected the necessary signatures, and the council recently called for a recall referendum on the Nov. 7 election ballot.

Sexton, who describes himself as “unorthodox” and “unconventional,” said he doesn’t know if it is possible, but those seeking to recall Moran and Garza should also abandon their efforts to allow the city to begin moving forward.

“I feel like the citizens of Alice deserve more,” he said. “I don’t know whether or not the other side will take my lead. I don’t know. I hope they do.”

When he filed the affidavits for recall, Sexton said it was believed that he was seeking a recall on the advice of others, however, he said his decision to seek a recall was all his own. Sexton said neither Moran or Garza had any influence on him pursuing a recall.

“No one influenced me one way or another,” Sexton said. “I’m doing it because I feel it’s the right thing to do.”