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Paul Coogan Beats Embattled Jasiel Correia in Fall River Mayoral Race

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    Correia to Take Leave of Absence and Suspend Campaign

    Embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia has announced that he is taking a leave of absence and suspending his campaign for re-election.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    Embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia has lost his re-election campaign, according to the unofficial results of Tuesday's race.

    Paul Coogan, a member of the school committee in the Massachusetts city, received 10,653 votes against Correia's 1,002, according to the Fall River Board of Election Commissioners. There were 1,756 votes for write-in candidates, and the results will not be made official until those votes are counted in the next three to four days.

    Correia, who faces several federal charges following his two arrests within a year, finished second behind Coogan in a primary in September. He said last month he would take leave from his job, putting the Fall River City Council's president in position to handle mayoral duties. He suspended his re-election campaign at the same time.

    While he called it a "temporary absence," Correia's leave was made effective immediately and will last until the end of his term on Jan. 1. He will still collect his $119,000 annual salary, his spokesman said at the time.

    Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia Announces Leave of Absence

    [NECN] Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia Announces Leave of Absence

    Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, who faces several federal charges following his two arrests within a year, announced Tuesday that he will "forgo" his campaign for re-election and take a "temporary absence."

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    Correia was first arrested October 2018 after he allegedly defrauded investors out of more than $230,000 for an app he developed. He was arrested in September when he was accused of extorting marijuana vendors. He has vowed to fight the charges.

    Following his latest arrest, Correia's second-place primary finish gave him the green-light to appear on the ballot Tuesday. A judge had shot down an attempt by the City Council to have Correia temporarily removed.

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