Recall election underway in Fall River

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — Today is the day embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia will learn whether or not he gets to keep his job as he fights federal charges against him. Voters hit the polls today for the second recall election in the city in the past 5 years.

Despite the fact that the special election is because of his legal troubles, Correia is confident he’ll get to keep his office in Government Center.

With a thumbs up and handshakes for voters, Jasiel Correia is not worried his time as mayor could come to an end.

“We have a lot of supporters out there and believe we’re going to be victorious tonight,” says Correia.

He was all smiles inside as he cast his ballot in the recall election spurred by people who say he can’t continue to do his job in light of the federal fraud and tax evasion charges he’s facing.

“I just think if you’re going to go into that job you just need to be honest, period. and thats what we need. we need someone who is honest who’s going to help the city, not bring it down,” says Christine Cusic.

Mayor Correia says he hasn’t let the indictment get in the way of his duties, citing eliminating the trash fee and purple bags as just a few of his accomplishments.

“The list goes on and on. The stabilization account that had $500,000 in it when I started in office today has $7.4 million in surplus so these I think are the things voters are thinking about,” says Correia.

There’s been a lot of attention on this race. With a crowded field of 4 other candidates, Joe Camara, Paul Coogan, Kyle Riley and Erica Scott-Pacheco, it could be anyone’s game.

“We haven’t had a stable mayoral person for quite some time and i think the city needs it right now,” says Chris Benevides.

“What he did is in the past and I think hes doing a good job,” says Norbert Bothelo.

“I don’t think he’s a bad mayor. I think he’s a good mayor. He is young but he does have a college degree he knows what hes doing. His business dealing don’t have to do with the city of Fall River so I don’t know why they would recall him just for that,” says Donna Gagne.

This is the second recall election here in 5 years and the next election isn’t too far off. Regardless of who they’re voting for, the cost of this election is a problem for some taxpayers.

“We’re spending money that we really don’t have,” says Cusic.

“They should’ve waited until voting in November and not spend tax payers money on this election, its a waste of money,” says another voter.

The way the City Charter is set up, Correia could be recalled but still get enough votes to keep his job. Polls close at 8.

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