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November 25, 2013

Rivera wins recount in Lawrence mayoral race

Lantigua does not concede

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A few feet away, from outside the row of cones that separated the public and press from the officials running the recount, School Committee member James Blatchford, who campaigned for Rivera, expressed hope for some of the change Rivera said he will bring to the state’s poorest city.

“I think we’re in more trusting hands with Danny in the leadership,” Blatchford said, expressing optimism that the state receiver who took control over the city’s schools two years ago may shorten his stay with Rivera chairing the School Committee. “They cited as a reason for the takeover the dysfunction (on the committee).”

Police returned the ballots to the basement vault at City Hall about 5 p.m. Saturday, again escorted by Tabit, Lantigua’s lawyer and former state Rep. David Torrisi, who was one of six lawyers Rivera said he had on hand yesterday.

But with the election officially over, the police guard — which cost the city about $40,000 — was called off.

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