In The Merrimack Valley: Dan Rivera to Challenge Lantigua in Mayoral Primary

 Dan Rivera, At-Large  Lawrence City Councilor 

The Eagle Tribune is reporting that At-Large Lawrence City Councilor Dan Rivera plans to challenge incumbent Mayor William Lantigua in the September primary. Rivera currently serves as the Vice-President of the City Council. Citing the scandals and indictments surrounding the Lantigua administration Rivera tells the Eagle Tribune:

“He’s embarrassed us in a big way,” Rivera said. “I think people are prepared to go to the polls and vote against him, specifically the Hispanic community.”

A Facebook campaign posting gives us some insight about Rivera , his backround and his approach to Lawrence politics:

Like many Lawrence residents, Dan Rivera is the type of person who never had anything handed to him. He has worked hard his entire life and now wants to work hard for you as your next City Councilor At Large. Dan has the right experience and educational background for the job, and shares our common values of a strong work ethic and meaningful community involvement. 

Dan grew up in Lawrence, attended our public schools, and he served our country in Iraq and Kuwait during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. When he returned home, Dan worked his way through college on the GI Bill and later went to night school to attain his Masters degree in business. His professional experiences as a marketing manger and his government involvement at the local and federal level will provide him a solid foundation to hit the ground running as your next City Councilor At Large. Dan Rivera is qualified and prepared to work for Lawrence!

His educational background includes:  1989 graduate of Lawrence High School; 1996 University of Massachusetts at Amherst /BA; 2002 Suffolk University / Masters in Public Administration.

Rivera plans to make a formal announcement  tomorrow February 5 at the Everett Mills, 15 Union Street, at 6:30 p.m. It should be an interesting run-up to the primary. Stay tuned.

Read the full Keith Eddings Eagle Tribune article here:

2 Responses to In The Merrimack Valley: Dan Rivera to Challenge Lantigua in Mayoral Primary

  1. Christopher says:

    That’s great news. Lantigua is an embarrassment and I’ve known Dan for a few years and can vouch for him. One terminology nitpick: The article uses the correct term preliminary rather than primary. The former is when all candidates compete in the first round of a non-partisan election, whereas the latter is a contest for a partisan nomination the winners of which face each other in the general.