Gov. Lynch bows out of running for a historic fifth termBy GARRY RAYNO
New Hampshire Union Leader
September 15. 2011 11:11AM
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.