FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) -- Despite being recalled, Mayor Jasiel Correia has won the recall election.

8,738 Fall River residents voted for candidates other than Correia. Candidate Paul E. Coogan came in second with 4,567 votes, while Correia tallied 4,808 votes.

Mayor Correia said he was feeling positive heading in today's election. He said the recall election was not because of his legal troubles and that he hasn't let any of that get in the way of doing his job. But his 4 opponents saw it differently.

Thousands of people signed petitions to recall Mayor Jasiel Correia from office. Despite that, Correia felt confident heading into Tuesday's election.

"We feel really good. People feel like I should continue to be the mayor. I’ve got a great track record,” says Correia.

This special election came as he fought federal fraud and tax evasion charges stemming from an app he created.

When asked what happened to the money he said, "well it has nothing to do with the city of Fall River, nothing to do with my position as mayor, it happened back when I was 19 and that will be decided by a court case if its necessary,” says the mayor.

But his 4 opponents in the recall saw it differently.

"I know what I would've done if I was him, I would not have put the city through this, I would've moved on," said Coogan.

"People in this community have said that we need to replace the mayor because of his legal problems,” adds candidate Joe Camara.

The investigation certainly shined a spotlight on the special election.

Correia will be in office until the 2020 election.

 

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