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Merrimack Valley

September 18, 2013

Lantigua shows his street smarts to voters

Arlington neighborhood residents cited mayor's work paving roads, fixing potholes


At City Hall yesterday afternoon, Mirta Matos said she voted for local firefighter Juan Manny Gonzalez, whom she had known since she moved from Cuba in 1982. Matos and Gonzalez graduated from Lawrence High and Salem State University.

“I voted for him not only because he’s my friend, but because we need to change the image of the city of Lawrence,” Matos said. “We need to bring more companies to invest in the city, better education. He will be an asset to the city because he has lived here for more than 30 years, is a resident and knows what the city needs.”

Gonzalez came in fourth with 1,058 votes.

At the Branch Library, resident Bernardo Mercedes voted for De Jesus. He was one of the only 165 voters to do so in the city.

“He is a professional who has owned his own business for 30 years,” said Mercedes who has lived in Lawrence since 1984. “He is a smart man who has the capability of moving the city forward as we want.”

Also at the Branch Library, Cathy Perez said she supported State Rep. Marcos Devers in his challenge of Lantigua.

“We need a big change for Lawrence and he is a responsible, honest man,” said Perez. The New York native moved to Lawrence as a child.

Ramon Matta said Devers supports community organizations by attending domino tournaments and baseball games. “As an engineer, teacher and state representative, he is whom we need to make the city better,” he said.

Devers came in third in the six-way race with 1,907 votes.

Staff Writer Yadira Betances contributed to this report.

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