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Lawrence mayor endorses ex-rival for state rep.

February 13, 2010

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LAWRENCE, Mass.—Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua has endorsed a one-time rival for his former Statehouse seat.

Lantigua said Friday that he supported former Lawrence City Councilor Marco Devers for the state representatives seat that represents Lawrence.

Lantigua resigned from that seat Friday after pressure from Gov. Deval Patrick and state lawmakers, who questioned whether Lantigua could serve both as mayor and in state office.

Devers challenged Lantigua twice for his Statehouse seat. In 2006, Lantigua took Devers to court over his residency and had him successfully thrown off the ballot. Devers later lost to Lantigua in a write-in campaign.

Devers also ran against Lantigua in November's mayoral race.

No date has been set for a special election for a state representative to serve the rest of Lantigua's term, which ends this year.