Providence Voters Oust Councilman in Recall Election

PROVIDENCE, R.I Providence Journal -- Ward 3 voted overwhelmingly to oust Kevin Jackson from the Providence City Council.

In a special election Tuesday, voters decided 1,772 to 158, absentee ballots included, that Councilman Jackson should lose his council seat.

"The community has spoken," Jackson said after the results were official. "I'm okay. I'm not going to let one year of what's going on ruin everything I've done for the community for the last 22 years."

Patricia Kammerer, one of the organizers of the Recall Kevin Jackson campaign, said she thought the result "sends a message that Councilman Jackson's constituents in Ward 3 expect honorable, ethical leadership. I think it sends a message to voters statewide that they can also hold their elected officials accountable."

The Recall Kevin Jackson campaign collected 2,383 signatures to force Tuesday's voting after Jackson was arrested on charges that include embezzling $127,153 from a youth track program that he led for decades.

Jackson, 58, who was first elected to represent the city's Mount Hope section in 1994, is the city's longest serving council member.

He was arrested in May 2016 and indicted in July on five charges, one of embezzling from the Providence Cobras, a track group he helped found, two of unlawful appropriation, and the others related to filing false documents to the state Board of Elections and misusing campaign funds for personal expenses such as buying clothes and paying for Netflix.

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