By Sara Brown
---- — LAWRENCE — From members of Congress to city residents, the results of yesterday’s mayoral contest between Mayor William Lantigua and challenger City Councilor Daniel Rivera, was a main topic of discussion.
“I want to congratulate Dan Rivera on his victory last night and look forward to welcoming him as Lawrence’s next mayor. I endorsed Dan in October because I believed in his vision for this remarkable city. Yesterday, a majority of Lawrence voters agreed that Dan will bring the right mix of leadership, ideas and opportunity to their city,” Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas said in a statement yesterday.
“Rebuilding the City of Lawrence’s financial well-being will require deep-seated commitment from the mayor’s office. Dan’s impressive education, commitment to public service both to the country as a veteran and to our community as a member of the City Council, complemented by his tireless advocacy for the city of Lawrence, will help the city continue along the path towards growth. Moving forward, I am confident Mayor-elect Rivera will have the ability to unify the city and utilize the remarkable potential of its people.”
Congressman John Tierney mentioned that Rivera was his campaign manager several elections ago.
“He (Rivera) is as honest as the day is long, and focused on getting things done,” Tierney said.
Out on Essex Street yesterday morning resident Bill Townsend said, “I’m relieved. I was worried we were going to be stuck with Lantigua.”
But, the fact is that the margin of victory between the two was just 60 votes and Lantgua could ask for a recount.
Resident William Robertson hopes Rivera continues to prevail. “I’m holding my breath that nothing suspicious happens to the ballots. I guess time will only tell,” he said.
“Given the time that he (Lantigua) had, I think it’s time for someone new and maybe Lawrence will have a chance of turning things around. The Commonwealth seems to think Lantigua is no good and I tend to believe them,” Robertson said.
Christine Pena believes Rivera is the right man for the job.
“He seems to really care about all Lawrence residents and that’s a quality I want in a mayor,” she said. “I think Lawrence is in good hands.”
Robertson doesn’t want to get his hopes up just yet.
“I’m cautiously optimistic about Lawrence’s fate,” he said.
Rivera said in a press release that he will work tirelessly as mayor to improve the quality of life for everyone in Lawrence.
“The numbers show that the residents of Lawrence are ready for new leadership. I am committed to serving as the Mayor of every neighborhood and every resident in Lawrence, and I will work hard every day to improve public safety, support our public schools, and bring jobs and industry to Lawrence,” Rivera said. “This election was about the future of our city, and today we begin the job of making Lawrence better. Together, we can be the Lawrence of our hopes, the Lawrence of our dreams, the Lawrence of the future.”
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