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October 13, 2013

Campaign Notebook


Mas anos?

LAWRENCE — The campaign slogan for Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua’s re-election campaign is “Cuatro mas anos” (Four more years), but he may want another ocho (eight) or even doce (twelve).

Two years ago, Lantigua proposed repealing a local law that limits mayors to two four-year terms. The proposal has gone nowhere on the City Council and Lantigua no longer appears to be pushing for it. But a city councilor last week raised the specter of an unending Lantigua administration with the hope of giving pause to voters as they head to the polls on Nov. 5.

“I was never a big proponent of term limits,” City Councilor Marc Laplante said in a press release. “But after witnessing the Lantigua train wreck for the last four years, my fear is that a victorious November election for Mayor Lantigua will grease the skids for an imperial municipal executive that will further divide our city and make city successes that more elusive.”

Lantigua did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Voter deadline looms

METHUEN — The last day to register to vote for the local elections is Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Voters in the Nov. 5 municipal elections in Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill will elect a mayor, City Council, School Committee and other offices. Polls on election day will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

No more support

LAWRENCE — Timothy Murray endorsed William Lantigua for mayor in Lawrence four years ago, when Murray was Gov. Deval Patrick’s lieutenant governor and Lantigua was a state representative.

Lantigua won the 2009 election and is running for a second term as mayor, but Murray has since resigned the state post and won’t be making another endorsement this time around. He now serves as president of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce.

“In his new job in the chamber, he’s focused on that and he’s not focused on politics,” said a man who returned a call to Murray last week and identified himself only as a friend to the state’s former second-in-command. “He’s not likely to want to talk to this.”

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