Lawrence mayoral incumbent William Lantigua (pictured) is seeking to turn back a challenge from City Councilor-at-Large Dan Riveria.
Lantigua’s first term was embroiled in controversy: several of his close allies were indicted on state and federal investigations, two former City Hall employees filed wrongful terminations lawsuits against him, and Lawrence’s police force saw about 40 layoffs followed by a spike in crime.
Challenger Rivera told the Globe he expected a close final race.
“Every vote is going to count,” Rivera said. “If folks think about the last four years and reflect on the negativity, they should come out and vote and make a difference. If they do that, we should be OK.”