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Embattled Lawrence mayor seeks to remove mayoral term limits

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LAWRENCE, Mass (MyFoxBoston.com) – Embattled Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua is seeking to remove the mayoral term limit restriction within the city's charter.

Currently, the City of Lawrence will only allow a mayor to serve a maximum of two four-year terms; however, Lantigua's move has Lawrence City Councilor Marc LaPlante nervous.

According to a release from LaPlante's office, if Lantigua is re-elected in November, he could change the charter and serve without restriction.

"I have been told by my city council colleagues that Lantigua has personally asked them to support removing term limits," LaPlante said in the release. "If Lantigua wins re-election, he will likely sweep in a City Council that will support this agenda. The prospect of Lantigua serving another term, never mind three or more terms, should send a chill to any concerned citizen."

The Lawrence mayor term limits restriction resembles the term limits found for other executive branch positions, such as the limits for U.S. Presidents and governors in Massachusetts.

The proposal currently is on the City Council agenda.

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