Paul Coogan, the current mayor of Fall River, is looking to win another two-year term in the upcoming election.
Coogan previously served on the Fall River School Committee and was a teacher in the city’s public school system for more than 30 years. He’s a graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School and earned degrees from Bristol Community College, Southeastern Mass. University, and California College for Health Sciences.
Coogan argues he has given the city steady leadership following the tumult of the Correia years, and has touted endorsements from other leaders including former Gov. Charlie Baker and Congressman Jake Auchincloss.
Coogan is facing a challenge from Sam Sutter.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7.
12 News has sent a questionnaire to each candidate to learn more about them. Below are Coogan’s responses.
1. Why do you want to be mayor of Fall River?
“I hope to be re-elected as mayor of Fall River to continue the momentum we have seen over these last few years. I have spent my entire career working to better Fall River – first through my work in the public schools, now as mayor. My focus has been and will continue to be on making sure our city reaches its full potential, and I will always put in the time and effort necessary to move Fall River forward.”
2. What do you think is the biggest issue facing Fall River in the next few years?
“Fall River is at a crossroads, and I think one of our biggest issues will be continuing to balance growth and investment with the needs of current residents. We are no exception to national trends when it comes to the cost of living and housing shortages. In Fall River, we must continue to grow our housing stock, invest in education and training opportunities, and support the creation of well-paying jobs.”
3. What do you think is a hidden gem in Fall River?
“Our waterfront. It is already home to some of our best cultural attractions, but visitors and locals are just starting to discover the true potential of the area. Last year we opened the Senator Thomas Norton City Pier, which has tons of potential for recreation and events. With the Route 79 reconstruction project well underway, we are beginning to see a lot of excitement around what our waterfront will look like a year from now.”
4. Where can voters go to find more information about your candidacy?
Voters can visit electpaulcoogan.com.