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Group Opposed To Lawrence Mayor Submits Recall Petition

Update at 4:15 p.m.:

Organizers of the recall effort say they filed more than 5,500 signatures Monday.

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A group of Lawrence residents says it has collected enough signatures to hold a recall election for embattled Mayor William Lantigua.

The group plans to deliver the recall petitions to City Hall Monday afternoon.

If the group is able to deliver about 5,200 signatures Monday, Lantigua would have five days to resign, or the City Council would order an election within 60 days.

Lawrence City Councilor Marc Laplante says his signature will be on the recall petition.

"I don't always think it's a good idea, but based on the track record of our mayor, I certainly think it's a time to review and revisit whether or not Lantigua should continue on as mayor," Laplante said.

Lantigua has been fighting back with his own "Don't sign anything" campaign.

"We're talking about the potential recall of the mayor," Laplante said. "There are tensions and a lot of energies on both sides of the issue."

This program aired on August 8, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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