Fall River preliminary election for mayor, city council races ongoing

FALL RIVER — The unofficial numbers are in for the city’s municipal election and Mayor Paul Coogan and former mayor former district attorney Sam Sutter will face off in the city’s general election in November.

Coogan garnered 4,285 votes and Sutter garnered 2,156. Second-time mayoral candidate Michael Vandal received 326 votes.

In the City Council race 19 candidates in the preliminary election were narrowed down to 18 who will move forward. Joseph Salvador, who garnered 892 votes, will not be moving on to the general election. Incumbent Linda Pereira topped the City Council race with the most votes at 3,538.

Sam Sutter

Voter turnout low

Voter turnout was less than impressive today for the Fall River 2023 preliminary races for mayor and City Council.

At Tansey Elementary School, often considered one of the busiest polling places in the city with 2,788 registered voters, things were slow. A little after 6 p.m., Warden Nadia Paquette said only about 383 votes were cast and about 40 of those were early voting ballots.

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