Lawrence Mayor Gets TRO Halting Recall Petition – Council President Illegally Forced Petitions to be Issues



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A Lawrence Superior Court Judge has put a halt to the recall petition against Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera Tuesday, issuing a temporary restraining order on the collection of signatures against the mayor until his challenge to the initial 100 signatures can be heard by the Lawrence Board of  Registrars.

A recall affidavit was submitted by Funeral Home Director and Atty. Louis Farrah on behalf of a group calling themselves The Foundation for Transparency in Government. The group is made up of mostly supporters of former Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua. Lantigua was unseated in 2013 by Dan Rivera who won by only 84 votes.

According to the Lawrence City Charter, Farrah needed to submit an affidavit  for a recall election to remove Mayor Rivera from office containing at least 100 signatures from Lawrence voters. After Farrah submitted more than 180 names, the Mayor challenged the validity of the signatures which would have required a hearing by the BOR but Lawrence City Council President Modesto Maldonado ordered City Clerk Bill Maloney to illegally release the recall petitions anyway.

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera appeared in Lawrence Superior Court on Tuesday asking a judge to put a halt to the recall petition against him arguing that he believes many of the signatures were fraudulently obtained.

“We know that people have come forward saying they signed the recall affidavit under false pretenses and want their names removed,” Rivera told the Valley Patriot. “The process is that the Board of Registrars must hold a hearing to consider my objections and rule on the validity of the signatures before the recall petitions can be issued. They didn’t do that and the judge ruled that the Board of Registrars must hold that hearing before this process moves forward.

The Board of Registrars is scheduled to meet later this week to take up Rivera’s claim of fraud on the recall affidavit.


Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

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3 Responses to Lawrence Mayor Gets TRO Halting Recall Petition – Council President Illegally Forced Petitions to be Issues

  1. Joe Reply

    September 16, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Shouldn’t Lantiqua be in jail already??!! What ever happened to the investigation into his illegal activity that was all over the news..he leaves office and it all disappears?

  2. peter Reply

    September 23, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    I find it interesting that after all the millions of dollars, time and energy spent on the investigation of the former Mayor. All that can be concluded is that it was a complete waste of time. Yet thus mayor has squandered an 11 million dollar surplass and abuses his position overtly in the face of not only the peaple but the council and the city charter. This man is the DEFINITION of a “DESPOT”

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