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June 29, 2011

Leaders of Lantigua recall effort to submit signatures tomorrow

LAWRENCE - A group known as "It's Your Right - Es tu Derecho" says it is ready to submit the necessary 100 signatures to the city to begin a recall effort of Mayor William Lantigua.

Organizers Wayne Hayes and the Rev. Edwin Rodriguez announced they will be submit an affidavit with more than the 100 signatures required by the city's charter to the City Clerk tomorrow at 2 p.m.

According to a press release, the reasons cited for the recall are the mayor's "reckless disregard for law enforcement," failing to "carry out his duties as chief executive officer," his failure to hire a finance director for the city, and the ongoing multi-jurisdictional investigation into criminal allegations against Lantigua.

Lantigua could not be immediately reached for comment.

Once the signatures on the affidavit are certified, organizers must secure 5,400 signatures of registered voters within 30 days to hold a recall election. If successful, the ballot will ask the question of whether Lantigua should be recalled along with a slate of mayoral candidates that cannot include Lantigua.

According to the released, the committee has members from all over the city "united in a vision that Lawrence could be a better place to live, work and raise a family. Many of them were once supporters of the current administration.

"But like most in the city, they now believe that the current mayor, due to divisiveness caused by his words and actions as well as his lack of leadership ... is unable to move the city forward."

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