Sunday, September 22, 2019

Massachusetts: Fall River Mayor survived a preliminary election; Will be on the ballot for vote in November

Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II (D) survived a preliminary election and has moved into a face off against a school committee member and community activist in November. Both of these are candidates who he beat in the recall replacement race in March.

Correia lost a recall vote in March yet won his seat in the five candidate replacement race, and is once again under indictment, though this time on bribery and extortion charges over his dealings with marijuana vendors.

Correia faced the recall after being indicted for stealing from investors and tax fraud. He lost the recall run overwhelmingly, 7829-4911. However, Massachusetts allows a candidate facing a recall to run in the replacement race (not that uncommon a provision). In this case, Correia was one of five candidates. He came in first with about 35% of the vote, beating out City Councilor Joseph Camara, School Committee member Paul Coogan, School administrator Kyle Riley and Erica Scott-Pacheco.

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