FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor facing federal fraud and extortion charges remains on the ballot even though he suspended his reelection campaign.
Voters in Fall River still have the option Tuesday of choosing incumbent Jasiel Correia (JAY’-zel koh-RAY’-uh).
Ballots were printed before he put his campaign on hold and took a voluntary leave of absence in mid-October.
The 27-year-old Correia has handed most of his day-to-day duties to the city council president.
Correia was first elected at age 23 and finished second to school committee member Paul Coogan in September’s primary.
Correia has pleaded not guilty to extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana companies.
He has also pleaded not guilty to defrauding investors in a smartphone app he was developing to fund a lavish lifestyle and further his political career.