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Lawrence Mayor Lantigua to ask for a recount

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LAWRENCE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua announced Sunday that he will request a vote recount.

The city's mayor announced on Spanish radio station La Mega AM 1400 Sunday afternoon that he will seek a recount. Tuesday's mayoral election results saw city councilor Dan Rivera beat Lantigua by just 57 votes, after provisional ballots had been counted Friday.

On Rivera's official Instagram account, he posted a picture of the Lawrence city seal with the caption: "Lantigua requests a recount. This is just postponing the inevitable. We fought for every vote & we will protect every vote. #moreofthesame #lawrenceonpause #fearnot #makinglawrencebetter"

David Torrisi, Rivera's spokesman, said Rivera's camp was not surprised by the announcement.

"We anticipated this for the last several days," he said. "We were not surprised."

The 58-year-old Lantigua, the state's first elected Latino mayor, has faced numerous political issues since being elected in 2009. He was recently named in a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley that alleged he violated campaign finance laws.

On Friday, Rivera appointed two women to lead his transition team, according to the Eagle-Tribune.

Zoila Gomez, a lawyer and trustee of the University of Massachusetts, and Maggie Super Church, who chairs the national board of Groundwork USA, will be the co-chairs for his transition team, the Eagle-Tribune stated.

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