FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor facing multiple federal corruption charges is among the candidates in an upcoming election for mayor.
Fall River voters on Tuesday will cast ballots in a preliminary election meant to decide which two mayoral candidates will go on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The three candidates vying for the office are Paul Coogan, Erica Scott-Pacheco and incumbent Mayor Jasiel Correia. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close 8 p.m.
Correia pleaded not guilty earlier this month to extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana companies. He’s also pleaded not guilty to federal charges he defrauded investors in a smartphone app he was developing.
The city council last week voted to temporarily remove Correia from office, but Correia has refused to leave, saying the council lacks the authority.