Correia tops Sutter to win mayoral race
City Councilor and Mayor-elect Jasiel Correia II walks into Jerry Remy’s Bar and Grill with big smile and his thumbs up after his victory over Mayor Sam Sutter.
FALL RIVER — In a stunning victory, freshman City Councilor II has beaten incumbent Mayor Sam Sutter by an unofficial 51.81 to 47.75 percent margin, and at 23 years old, he is likely the youngest mayor elected in the city’s history.Speaking to a throng of loudly cheering supporters at Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill, Correia introduced his sister, whom he thanked for making the trip on election night.“Like I said in the middle of thecampaign, I’m running for people like her so she has opportunities right here in Fall River,” Correia said. “And together, we’re going to move Fall River forward.
”With an above-average voter turnout for the city of 34.6 percent, voters cast 7,621 votes for Sutter, the former Bristol County District Attorney,and 8,268 votes for Correia, a local businessman. The percentage of voters who wentto the polls surpassed the 33 percent turnout in December’s recall election where Sutter, just 10 months in office, oustedformer Mayor Will Flanagan.Thanking his family and supporters, Correia also thanked God “for all the answered prayers.”“I know how many people in this room prayed so hard and worked so hard,” Correia said.Work as new mayor will start tomorrow, Correia said.“I’m going to meet with department heads in city government, to see what concerns they have. The transition starts immediately,” Correia said, who indicated he did not have a transition team assembled yet.
Correia credited his win to hard work by his campaign team.“They were out there every day. We did it. We just did it. I don’t know if it was a culmination of things,” Correia said. “There were so many things we did right, whether it was debate preparations and knowing the facts, whether it was touching people’s hearts and minds and soul and spirit. That’s what we did every day.”Correia said his first order of business is to work to change the negative image of the city.
By Herald News staff