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In Lawrence, Lantigua loses bid to regain former House seat

William LantiguaWendy Maeda/Globe Staff/File

Former Lawrence mayor William Lantigua was unable to recapture his one-time seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives Tuesday. Democratic incumbent Marcos A. Devers won the race.

The failed bid was an effort by Lantigua to return to elective office after a mayoral tenure marred by corruption allegations against his political allies.

Lantigua was running without a party affiliation in the 16th House District. Republican Lawrence City Councilor Roger A. Twomey was also seeking the spot.

The seat belonged to Lantigua from 2003 until 2010, the year he took over as mayor. He initially sought to stay in the House while serving as mayor, but eventually resigned amid political pressure.


Lantigua, the state's first Latino mayor, lost his 2013 re-election bid to Daniel Rivera by less than 100 votes.

Several Lantigua allies have been charged with corruption. Two have been convicted.

Lantigua has not been charged with wrongdoing, though the Globe reported in March that a federal grand jury was probing whether he ordered city streets repaved to boost his reelection chances last fall.

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