William Lantigua

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William Lantigua
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Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixteenth Essex
Former officeholder
In office
2003 - 2010
Term ends
Resigned office February 12, 2010
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
William Lantigua is a former mayor of the city of Lawrence. He was a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Sixteenth Essex district from 2003 to 2010. Lantigua was a 2014 independent candidate for the Sixteenth Essex District of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.



See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Marcos Devers was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Roger Twomey was unopposed in the Republican primary. Devers defeated unenrolled candidate William Lantigua and Twomey in the general election.[1]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Sixteenth Essex District General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcos Devers Incumbent 47% 3,667
     Republican William Lantigua 41.3% 3,221
     Independent Roger Twomey 11.7% 913
Total Votes 7,801

Controversy over two offices

In November 2009 Lantigua was elected mayor of Lawrence, and began his term in January 2010.[2] Conflicts of holding two offices soon arose, and Lantigua rejected calls from fellow legislators and Gov. Deval Patrick to resign one of his seats.

The controversy heated up in early February when Lantigua sponsored a bill allowing Lawrence to borrow $35 million from the state to bail out the city. Anger from other representatives towards Lantigua is said to have put the bill in jeopardy, which has caused anger from city officials, worried that it may cost them the money.[3]


On February 12, 2010, Lantigua announced that he would be resigning his position in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo he wrote, "Today I submit my resignation as state representative so that I may continue to serve the people of Lawrence to the best of my ability. At this time, 'my best' means advocating from Lawrence as mayor of Lawrence."[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixteenth Essex
2003-February 12, 2010
Succeeded by
Marcos Devers