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.