By all accounts, the election itself went relatively smoothly. Now, the same scrutiny must be applied to any recount.
A primary concern is this: The impartiality of the city’s Board of Registrars is questionable. The board, normally five members strong, has two vacancies. One of the three members serving is Ana Medina, who is an active Lantigua supporter. Medina, appointed to the board by Lantigua in 2001, donated $400 to the mayor’s campaign this year. Her home and car display Lantigua campaign signs and stickers. One Lantigua poster at her home is 32 square feet — five times the maximum size allowed by city zoning ordinances.
Medina also heads Casa Dominicana, a social service agency that has received $28,000 in funding from the Lantigua administration over the last three years, reporter Keith Eddings found. The money appears to be the agency’s only source of funding.
Lantigua last night said he has not yet conceded the race. A decision on any recount could come later.
Rivera must insist that any recount process be monitored to ensure that it is fair and free of any improprieties. Rivera’s fight to be the next mayor of Lawrence is not over. The real battle may have just begun.