Bonilla is accused of improperly transferring the ownership of 13 police cars to an automobile dealer while Degnan is alleged to have pressured a waste contractor to send a trash truck to the Dominican Republic.
Both men pleaded not guilty.
“We have not done anything wrong,” the mayor said when asked about the indictments.
“I think he’ll be very strong,” District F City Councilor Marc Laplante said in relation to Lantigua’s candidacy. Those who underestimate Lantigua do so at their own peril, he said.
Laplante, who has called for Lantigua to resign, is not exactly in the mayor’s corner. Yet he has come to respect Lantigua for his political savvy.
Asked about who might challenge Lantigua, Laplante, whose district is on the east side of South Lawrence and includes the Mount Vernon neighborhood, said, “People are evaluating and assessing. I don’t think he’s going to get a free pass.”