- Associated Press - Sunday, September 15, 2019

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.

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