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Gov. Lynch bows out of running for a historic fifth term

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 15. 2011 11:11AM
Gov. John Lynch's friends, staff and department heads applaud following his announcement Thursday morning at Northwest Elementary School in Manchester that he would not seek re-election to a fifth term. (BOB LaPREE/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER - Gov. John Lynch this morning announced he will not seek re-election to a post he has held for the last seven years.

He made the announcement at Manchester's Northwest Elementary School, the same place he announced his education funding plan

eight years ago when he first ran for governor.

Lynch became governor in 2004 when he defeated first term Gov. Craig Benson in a close election.

Lynch twice won re-election by record margins, and won comfortably last year against former Health and Human Services Commissioner

John Stephen. Lynch was the only major Democratic office holder in New Hampshire to survive the Republican landslide in 2010.

Lynch lives in Hopkinton and served as chair of the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees before he ran for governor.

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