LAWRENCE — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren yesterday endorsed City Councilor Daniel Rivera for Mayor of Lawrence, making her announcement just three days ahead of Tuesday’s election. Rivera is challenging Mayor William Lantigua, who seeks a second, four-year term at City Hall.
Support from the Massachusetts Democrat follows an earlier endorsement from U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, who publicly declared her backing of Rivera on Oct. 8.
“I am proud to call Dan Rivera my friend and support his effort to become the next Mayor of Lawrence,” Warren said in a prepared statement.
“Dan is a true public servant. From his service in our nation’s military, to his extensive work as the Vice President of the Lawrence City Council, Dan is a leader who can bring fresh ideas to overcome the challenges the city faces today. Lawrence is at a critical moment in its history,” the senator said.
“I know Dan will work tirelessly to reestablish the financial well-being of the city, while making the right investments for the future. As a graduate of Lawrence Public Schools and the University of Massachusetts, he understands that investing in our future means investing in our schools and our youth. And I know he has the experience and personality to work with state and federal partners to improve the quality of life for every resident,” she said.
Rivera had previously served as the Director of Latino Outreach on Warren’s campaign. It was in that position, Warren noted, that “I could see that there was something special about him.”
“ I believe Dan’s energy, passion, and commitment to the city he grew up in makes him the right choice to lead Lawrence into the future, and I am proud to stand behind him today. I know under his leadership, we can make Lawrence better,” she said.
Rivera said Warren’s endorsement “sends a strong message to everyone in Lawrence about the importance of getting out and voting on Tuesday.”
“Her courageous leadership and tireless commitment to the people of Massachusetts, and especially to struggling families and communities, is an inspiration to me and so many others. Her work on economic justice and student loans is crucial for young families, especially here in Lawrence where we have one of the youngest populations in the Commonwealth,” he said.
Rivera worked for former Congressman Martin Meehan as an economic development specialist but left the job before Meehan gave up the seat in 2007 to become chancellor of UMass Lowell. Tsongas succeeded Meehan to the seat.