Voters elect new mayor in Fall River
By: Brittany Comak
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) - Voters overwhelmingly elected school committee member Paul Coogan as the new mayor of Fall River Tuesday night.
Coogan got more than 10,000 votes, compared with incumbent Mayor Jasiel Correia who got less than the number of write in votes, at just over 1,000 votes.
"Your vote today shows how much care and belief you have in Fall River and it can be repaired both physically and emotionally," said Coogan during his victory speech.
Last month Correia said he was taking a leave of absence from being mayor and suspending his re-election campaign.
This of course comes after he was arrested on federal charges for a second time this September.
Tuesday nigh, the numbers seemed to reflect what's gone on this past year.
"The people of Fall River want someone on the 6th floor running this city who is credible, who has integrity, who is honest," said Joseph Pereira, who organized the original recall election in March.
It's unclear how many votes write-in candidate City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros got Tuesday night. Coogan had said he thought her campaign was strategically launched by the Correia camp to draw votes away from him, though she has denied that.
"I certainly hope that my opponent makes the right decisions moving forward; that all of the gains that we've made for the last six years while I've been city administrator are preserved," Viveiros said in her concession speech.
Coogan said he plans to earn the trust of the people through good, moral leadership.
"I am not in this for the power or glory," Coogan told supporters. "I'm in it because I want to make Fall River a better place to live and work and fulfill the city's potential."
Coogan won't take office until January.
Correia ignored ABC 6's repeated requests for comment.
However Mayor-Elect Coogan said he did get a brief phone call from Correia, who congratulated him and offered his support.