---- — LAWRENCE - Congresswoman Niki Tsongas today announced she is endorsing City Councilor Daniel Rivera for mayor of Lawrence over incumbent William Lantigua.
“I am proud to support my friend Dan Rivera for Lawrence Mayor," Tsongas said in a statement.
“I believe Dan’s impressive education, commitment to public service both to the country as a veteran and to our community as a member of the City Council, complemented by his tireless advocacy for the city of Lawrence, best qualify him to bring new leadership, new ideas, and new opportunities to the city and the people living there," the statement said.
Rivera received 2,799 votes in the Sept. 17 primary to gain one of the two mayoral spots on the Nov. 5 general election ballot. Lantigua received 5,725 votes in the six-way race for the two slots.
“Two years ago, Dan wrote a courageous op-ed that was published in the Boston Globe which demonstrated his deep seated commitment to the city of Lawrence, and his unyielding belief in the remarkable potential of the people living there. As he wrote in that op-ed, Lawrence has great possibilities, but needs the right kind of person to help reach them. I believe Dan is exactly the right kind of person'" the Tsongas statement said.
“His candidacy in this race is particularly important as Lawrence works to rebuild its financial well-being. Born and raised in Lawrence, Dan understands the challenges facing the city as well as its remarkable potential and will be a reliable and hard-working mayor who will work to unify Lawrence. He is best suited to work with federal, state and local officials and others who care about the future of Lawrence to help move the city forward," the statement said.
“I’ve worked with Dan since he was elected to the City Council in 2009 and I’ve come to greatly respect his sincere and indefatigable leadership on behalf of this great city. I am confident that Dan will help take Lawrence to new heights and I am proud to throw my support behind him today,” the statement says.