LAWRENCE (AP) — City Councilor Daniel Rivera is claiming victory over incumbent Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua in one of the state’s most closely watched races.
The Eagle-Tribune reports that complete unofficial returns show Rivera with 60 more votes than Lantigua with 15,190 votes cast, and that police sealed the city election office for an expected recount.
The newspaper reports Rivera claimed victory last night and asked police to guard the ballots in anticipation of a recount. Lantigua did not immediately comment.
Lantigua, a former state legislator and Massachusetts’ first popularly-elected Latino mayor, had faced several high-profile political troubles, including allegations of campaign finance violations. Lantigua has said he strengthened the city’s shaky finances during his four years in office.
Rivera has promised to improve schools and public safety and to work to attract jobs to the city.