---- — LAWRENCE -- The recount of the Nov 5 mayoral election confirmed City Councilor Daniel Rivera defeated Mayor William Lantigua. He is now officially the mayor-elect.
The certified vote count shows Rivera defeated Lantigua by 81 votes -- 7,628-7,547. His margin of victory before the recount was 58 votes.
Lantigua now can either concede defeat or challenge the recount in superior court. The mayor was consulting with his lawyer, Sal Tabit, before making a statement