Coogan, Correia advance in Fall River mayoral election


ABOUT MOSQUITO CONCERNS. (MM) WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH BREAKING NEWS … …ON THE FALL RIVER MAYORAL— PRELIMINARY ELECTION. GOOD EVENING, I’M MIKE MONTECALVO. (HE) AND I’M SHANNON HEGY. THE CITY’S EMBATTLED MAYOR IS MOVING ON TO THE GENERAL ELECTION — DESPITE FACING TWO DOZEN FEDERAL CHARGES. (MM) HERE ARE THE OFFICIAL RESULTS. PAUL COOGAN RECEIVING—– AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE VOTES TONIGHT — WITH MORE THAN EIGHT THOUSAND ——-AND INCUMBENT JASIEL CORREIA —-JUST NARROWLY BEATING —-ERICA-SCOTT PACHECO. COOGAN AND CORREIA NOW MOVING ONTO THE GENERAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER. (HE) WE HAVE A TEAM OF REPORTERS COVERING THE ELECTION. POLITICAL REPORTER TED NESI IS STANDING BY WITH ANALYSIS — AND WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE CITY OF FALL RIVER?? (MM) BUT FIRST — LET’S SEND IT OUT TO KIM KALUNIAN LIVE IN FALL RIVER WITH—– NEW REACTION FROM EACH CANDIDATE. KIM? (KK) MIKE SHANNON – ALTHOUGH THIS WAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST PRELIMINARY VOTER TURNOUT IN RECENT YEARS CORREIA EARNED THE FEWEST VOTES HE’S SEEN IN HIS LAST SIX TIMES ON THE BALLOT. I THINK IT WAS A GREAT NIGHT FOR THE CITY OF FALL RIVER PAUL COOGAN CELEBRATING THE RESULTS OF TUESDAY’S PRELIMINARY – OUTPACING INCUMBENT MAYOR JASOEL CORREIA BY A MARGIN OF NEARLY 40 PERCENT THE ELECTION UNFOLDING UNDER A CLOUD OF CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING CORREIA, – ARRESTED JUST 11 DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION IT’S NOT WHAT OUR CAMPAIGNS ABOUT WE’RE GOING TO RUN TO MAKE FALL RIVER A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. THOSE ISSUES ARE HIS ISSUES AND HIS FRIENDS HE CAN DO WHAT HE WANTS WITH THEM/ THEY’ NOT GOING TOBE OVERRIDING OUR CAMPAIGN THE VOTERS MADE THEIR DECISION ABOUT WHO THEY WANT TO LEAD THEIR CITY TONIGHT./ WE’RE HALFWAY HOME WE;’VE GOT TO GET TO NOVEMBER CORREIA TOLD SUPPORTERS THE ALLEGATIONS OF FRAUD AND EXTORTION ARE FALSE – THE RESULT OF VENDETTAS WE KNOW WHY THE NUMBERS WERE THE WAY THEY WERE TONIGHT. WE KNOW ITS NOT BECAUSE WE HAVEN’T DONE A GOOD JOB. WE KNOW ITS NOT BECAUSE THE CITY HASN’T MOVED FORWARD WE KNOW ITS BECAUSE TEHRE HAS BEEN ATTACK AFTER ATTACK AFTER ATTACK ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL TO THE LOCAL LEVEL TO THE STATE LEVEL YOU SEE IT ACROSS THE COUNTY ITS HAPPENING TO GOOD ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ALTHOUGH THEY WEREN’T ENOUGH TO CARRY HER THROUGH TO NOVEMBER, ERICA SCOTT PACHECO WAS STILL PROUD OF THE VOTES SHE EARNED. THINK THAT THE 2100 VOTES I EARNED SENDS A HUGE MESSAGE, THOSE WHO ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE CORRUPTION IN OUR CITY (KK) AND AGAIN IT’LL BE A COOGAN AND CORREIA MATCHUP IN NOVEMBER TK DETERMINE WHO WILL BE MAYOR COME JANUARY – MEANWHILE TOMORROW CORREIA WKLL RETURN TO OFFICE AS THE CITH COUNCIL DECIDES THEIR NEXT LEGAL STEPS IN REMOVING HIM FROM OFFICE. LIVE IN FALL RIVER I’M KIM KALUNIAN EYEWITNESS NEWS. EYEWITNESS NEWS POLITICS EDITOR TED NESI JOINS ME NOW WITH MORE ON THE RESULTS TONIGHT. TED, WHAT WAS A BIGGER SURPRISE, HOW MANY VOTES COOGAN GOT OR THAT CORREIA SURVIVED? MIKE, I THINK MOST PEOPLE EXPECTED MAYOR CORREIA TO MAKE IT INTO THE NOVEMBER ELECTION BUT HIS SUPPORT TONIGHT WAS CONSIDERABLY LOWER THAN MIGHT HAVE BEEN PREDICTED A FEW WEEKS AGO. COOGAN GOT MORE THAN 60 PERCENT OF THE VOTE, AND CORREIA BARELY GOT 20 PERCENT. SHANNON JENKINS, A POLITICS PROFESSOR AT UMASS DARTMOUTH, TOLD ME COOGAN IS NOW THE FRONTRUNNER TO BE FALL RIVER’S NEXT MAYOR. TURNOUT WAS HEALTHY THAT OBVIOUSLY HELPED COOGAN. PEOPLE WANTED TO SEND A MESSAGE? YEAH, MIKE, WE’VE BEEN ASKING ABOUT TURNOUT. THIS SEEMS LIKE A MESSAGE FROM THE VOTERS OF FALL RIVER, THEY WANTED THE REST OF NEW ENGLAND MAYBE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY TO KNOW THEY WEREN’T HAPPY WITH CORREIA. EVEN IF HE GETS SCOTT-PACHECO’S VOTES IT’S NOT ENOUGH. TOMORROW HE HAS TO START CHIPPING AWAY AT PAUL COOGAN. YES AND TO COME FROM 21 PERCENT WHEN HE NEEDS OVER 50 PERCENT — IT’S POSSIBLE, IT COULD HAPPEN, BUT THAT’S A HUGE HILL FOR HIM TO CLIMB. HIS MESSAGE WAS THIS IS WHAT I’VE DONE FOR FALL RIVER. THAT DIDN’T WORK. WILL HE ATTACK PAUL COOGAN? YEAH HE’S GOT TO GO ON THE OFFENSIVE. HE HAS TO HOPE NOTHING ELSE COMES OUT FROM THE FEDS. AND HE HAS TO MAKE THE CASE TO FALL RIVER VOTERS TO OVERLOOK THE INDICTMENT HEADLINES AND KEEP HIM DESPITE IT ALL.

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