Voters heading back to polls in Fall River

By Alana Cerrone

Come Tuesday night, Fall River could have a new mayor. Voters are back at the polls Tuesday, just ten months after voting in a recall election.

Mayor Sam Sutter and his opponent, Jasiel Correia, did some last minute campaigning Monday, both trying to secure a seat in the corner office at City Hall.

Ten months ago Mayor Will Flanagan was recalled, and in his place, voters elected the Bristol County District Attorney, Sam Sutter, who says one of his greatest accomplishments so far has been economic development.

"We secured the Amazon deal, that’s another 1,000 jobs. We secured the Harbor Mall Development, that’s 1,100 jobs, 700 construction jobs. That’s tremendous economic development in just ten months," says Mayor Sutter.

That’s exactly what the mayor’s opponent, City Councilman Jasiel Correia, says is not being done by the current administration.

"We need to see some serious economic development in Fall River and that’s just not happening. Small business are closing down every single day. In one of our neighborhoods, in the last 90 days, four small businesses closed down," says Councilman Correia.

Correia says he’ll make better use of Fall River’s downtown space and rethink the controversial pay-as-you-throw fee.

At 23 years old, though, Sutter thinks Correia is just too young, saying, "I don’t think he has the experience to be mayor."

Sutter says he knew he was walking into a difficult situation when he was elected in the recall and wants another term to continue his progress.

"We have to do something about the opiate crisis. We have to try to reduce the number of addicted individuals in Fall River. I have a plan for that," Sutter says.

If Correia is elected he will be the third different mayor here in Fall River in the past 12 months. Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. For all your voting information, visit Fall River’s website.

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