LAWRENCE — A month after city voters deliver Rivera victory or defeat in his bid for a second term, his wife is expected to deliver a major victory: a child, their second.
The couple is expecting a girl in December.
"Daniel is going to be a great big brother and Paula is a great mom,” Rivera, 46, said about his son, who is 2, and wife, who is 37. “So the addition to our family is a Godsend.”
Rivera and Paula King Rivera were married on Nov. 11, 2011, while Rivera served on the City Council and worked as a shipping consultant for BirdDog Solutions in Andover. Daniel Edward Rivera was born May 15, 2015, during Rivera's second year as mayor. A year later, the family moved to a three-bedroom house on Thomas Road, from a smaller house on Jefferson Street.
King Rivera – not to be confused with Mayor Rivera – does marketing for Nxstage Medical, a Lawrence company that designs kidney dialysis machines and other kidney care products.
On the day of the preliminary election Sept. 26, Rivera hinted that they are expecting when he posted a picture of himself and his wife and son at the Diamond Spring Gardens polling place on his Facebook page, along with a caption that read, “All four of us went to vote today.”
In an interview, Rivera said another child would make him a better mayor.
“I'm doing this to make Lawrence better, including for my kids,” he said. “The stakes are higher.”
Former mayor William Lantigua, whom Rivera will face on Nov. 7, wished them well.
“I wish that mom and dad have a healthy baby, that mom has an easy pregnancy,” Lantigua said Wednesday, noting he is the proud father of five.