Providence Councilman Kevin Jackson recalled

By: News Staff


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — For the first time in 22 years Ward 3 in Providence will have a new city councilor.

Voters overwhelmingly decided to recall embattled City Councilman Kevin Jackson after recent embezzlement allegations.

Tuesday night’s unofficial results from the Providence Board of Canvassers showed that around 1,700 constituents voted for Jackson’s recall while 158 cast ballots to keep Jackson on the council.

Ward 3 resident Tricia Kammerer led the charge to recall Jackson after he was arrested for embezzlement last May.

Jackson was accused of stealing over $120,000 from the Providence Cobra Youth Sports team, a charity which he founded.

He was also accused of mishandling campaign funds.

“Voters are fed up and when the indictment came out last year that was the last straw. we want a council person who is honorable and plays by the rules,” said Ward 3 voter,  Katrina Wood.

“I would like to send a message to Providence politics in general that we need accountability and we need transparency,” said another Ward 3 voter, Claire Buck.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to have served them 22 years. I believe I still continue to serve them, even under the cloud of suspicion that is hanging over me at this point,” said Jackson during an interview with ABC6 News Monday night.

Jackson’s abrupt absence could pose some questions over the future of the Community Safety Act, which he was a long time supporter of.

The vote on that legislation has been tabled until June 1st.

The Board of Canvassers still does have to certify those votes by the end of the month. Ward 3 will then hold a special election within 90 days to find a replacement for Jackson’s seat.

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