By Lauren Leamanczyk, WBZ-TV's New Hampshire Bureau Chief

MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – New Hampshire Governor John Lynch announced Thursday that he’ll call it quits after this term.

“I will keep working hard every day for the next 16 months to serve the people of our great state but I will not run for re-election,” he told a crowd of supporters and fourth graders at Manchester’s Northwest Elementary School.

Lynch is the state’s longest serving governor in nearly 200 years. In 2010 he won by a comfortable margin even as other Democrats were swept up in a Republican landslide. Still, the governor says, it’s time for new ideas.

WBZ-TV’s Lauren Leamanczyk reports

“I feel like I have the passion and the energy to keep doing this work for a long, long time, but democracy demands periodic change to refresh and revive itself,” he said.

Lynch did not take questions following the announcement. His wife told WBZ it was a deeply personal decision that only those closest to him knew about. “I think John just knew it was time to step down,” Dr. Susan Lynch explained. “He seems very content and at peace in this decision.”

Leaders from both political parties praised Lynch and thanked him for service. Already, many candidates are contemplating whether they’ll run to replace Lynch.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

WBZ-TV’s New Hampshire bureau chief Lauren Leamanczyk first reported Lynch’s decision.

Comments (5)
  1. billbranch says:

    It’s been too long for New Hampshire with this liberal. When he overrode the NH Senate and House when they both overwhelmingly passed a Right To Work Bill, he showed he cares little for the will of the people, as he, as his President, is only concerned with his liberal agenda and the unions, his political allies. Good riddance, Lynch, we’ll be happy to get NH back on the right track without you.

  2. chilitokid says:

    WOW…best news I’ve heard in a long long time. The timing of this is priceless as it makes him appear like the whiny kid on the basketball court who runs home with his ball because he stinks. After the Legislature overturned his VETO on deadly force can someone please go by his office in Concord with a box of tissues. Unfortunately I can’t today. I’m in the process of cleaning my guns and heading to the range.

  3. Ralph Holder says:

    Lynch isn’t leaving for reasons he stated. A controversy is brewing over his lack of action regarding a 2003 racially biased child custody decision by the Brentwood Famiy Court, which was affirmed by the NHSJC without opinion. Rather than use the Executive powers to protect my son and I against the abuse of power by the NH Judicial Branches for its racism by exercising the constitutional system of checks and balances, he had is Attorney General, Kelly Ayotte try to silence my persistent outspoken criticism of the Famiily Court, NHSJC and others for failing to intervene to provide proper,remedy and relief by falsely charging me with a criminal offense. Unfortunately using the color of law against a person lawfully exercising their First Amendment Right of speech opposing the State’s racial discrimination prohibiting my son the right to attend public school in NH because of his African Amercan race and skin color violated federal law (18 USC 245) The Governor was part of the modern faces of Racism in NH along with the NH Supreme Court Justices Brock, Broderick, Dalianis, Duggan and Nadeau. and Judges Taube, Tina Nadeau, Edwin Kelly and Robert Lynn

  4. BlackBull says:

    This man is an elitist who gained power on the backs of hard working black and white citizens. He could actually care less about what happened after he gained power. This is the kind of social. political and economic enslavement common durihg the pre-civil rights era.

  5. Truth and Justce says:

    What occurred to this guy and his in 2003 by the NH Judicial Branch was judicial cowardice exacerbated by the unwillingness of judicial officials and others to accept the responsibility and accountability that comes with their position. NHSJC didn’t have the courage to explain or account for their actions for affirming a Brentwood Family court decision ordering my son to attend school in another State because of his African American race and color and the Governor did not have enough strength of courage or moral fiber to take a principled stand against the racial bias and abuse of rights by the Family Court and NHSJC. This was the real Governor John Lynch.

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