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Providence City Councilman faces recall election following arrest

Providence City Councilman Kevin Jackson is set to face a recall election on May 2, 2017. (WJAR)

Providence City Councilman Kevin Jackson is set to face a recall election on May 2.

The City Council, in a special meeting that convened on Monday because five councilors signed a petition calling for the session, voted 9 to 0 to hold the recall election.

The effort was initiated after Jackson was arrested in May 2016 for allegedly stealing more than $127,000 from a youth track club that he founded.

Jackson is also facing charges that he misappropriated money from his campaign fund. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and remained on the city council with the approval of City Council President Luis Aponte.

“I can tell you, personally, Councilman Jackson has worked very hard for his constituents and his neighborhood,” Aponte told reporters after the vote.

Jackson’s lawyer, Artin Coloian, has appealed some of the signatures of the more than 2,000 voters who signed the recall petition.

Jackson was first elected to the city council in 1995. His next court date on the criminal charges is in April.

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