---- — LAWRENCE — The Eagle-Tribune and CommonWealth magazine are sponsoring a debate tonight open to the public for Lawrence mayoral candidates.
It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Lawrence High.
Mayor William Lantigua and five challengers will face voters in a preliminary election Sept. 17. The top two vote-getters will appear on the general election ballot Nov. 5.
His challengers are Nestor DeJesus, State Rep. Marcos Devers, local firefighter Juan “Manny” Gonzalez, James Patrick O’Donoghue and City Councilor Daniel Rivera. Lantigua has declined the invitation to debate.
CommonWealth is published quarterly by MassINC, an independent, nonpartisan, public policy think tank based in Boston.