“She’s an inspiration to me because, like my mom, she’s a single mom and she went onto law school and now represents a lot of people in our community,” Rivera said. “She’s got a great mind,” he said.
Gomez is a 2000 graduate of UMass Lowell and later received her law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover in 2005. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in June of 2006 and opened a law practice specializing in immigration issues.
In September of 2011, Gov. Deval Patrick appointed her along with six others to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees. The 19-member board functions as a legislative body dealing mainly with questions of policy and establishes the general policies governing the university.
Church, a 1994 Truman Scholar, earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in architecture from Yale University, a master’s degree in city planning from MIT and a master’s degree in urban design from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. She has worked on smart growth issues as a planner, designer and non-profit advocate for sustainable urban redevelopment in Lawrence and across America.
“She was the first executive director of Groundwork Lawrence,” Rivera said of the nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a greener, healthier and more economically viable community in the city.
“Maggie’s connection to the nonprofit community as well as her understanding of economic development and community development will help us tremendously. She has committed her life to being a part of the community. She is raising her children in the city she has come to love and does a ton of community outreach for the city. Her pedigree is like no other,” he said.
Rivera said he’s had no direct communication with the mayor since winning the election, but said he hopes he will soon concede the race to help begin “the healing process in the city.”
“I don’t think a recount is in the best interests of the city, though it’s in the best interests of the mayor,” Rivera said.
Lantigua said yesterday that he plans to announce his “official decision” regarding the election results today at 1 p.m. on Spanish-language radio station Mega 1400 AM. Check eagletribune.com and tomorrow’s Eagle-Tribune for the details he releases.