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November 5, 2013

Rivera gets to work with familiar faces

Voters re-elect seven incumbents; two former members back on the council

LAWRENCE — At least for the first half of his 4-year term, Mayor-elect Daniel Rivera will get to work with a City Council he knows well.

Voters yesterday elected eight councilors Rivera worked with during his four years on the 9-member body — including all seven incumbents on the ballot and former city councilor.

Former Councilor Nilka Alvarez-Rodriguez — the only candidate elected who hasn’t worked with Rivera — will become the most senior member of the council. Alvarez-Rodriguez served a decade on the council before stepping down to mount an unsuccessful run at mayor four years ago.

Alvarez-Rodriguez said she believes Rivera should have a good-working relationship with a council that was perceived as being pro-Lantigua.

“I know I will work well with him, and I think Danny will do his best work with the new council,” Alvarez-Rodriguez said late last night, as she waited outside the Elections Division office along with other candidates to receive preliminary results for City Clerk William Maloney.

“He did have some confrontations with some of the incumbent councilors. But that’s something he’s going to have to work out straight away,” she said.

Alvarez-Rodriguez, who maintained neutrality in the mayor’s race, received 5,071 votes last night, to grab the third councilor-at-large seat.

Former City Councilor Modesto Maldonado — a supporter of Mayor William Lantigua — received 5,135 votes to finish second in the at-large race, just 64 votes ahead of Alvarez-Rodriguez. Maldonado had previously served one term on the council after getting elected to the District C seat in 2009.

Roger A. Twomey, who was re-elected to his fourth term, outdistanced all candidates in the at-large race with 7,307 votes.

Former Councilor Jorge Gonzalez, who lost his District C Arlington Neighborhood seat to Maldonado four years ago, lost his bid for the council again, finishing with 4,521 votes. Newcomers Maria De La Cruz and Wendy Luzon finished with 3,669 votes and 3,120 votes respectively.

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