Lynch Thanks New Hampshire
After formally announcing he will not run for re-election, Governor John Lynch thanked NH residents for their support over the past five terms in this statement. The letter explains that the decision was made for the purpose of ‘periodic change’ that is necessary in democracy and promises to work hard for NH over the next 16 months.
I am writing because I wanted to share some news I announced a few minutes ago.
As Governor, I am working to make sure every child in New Hampshire graduates from high school; to keep our state safe; to protect our great quality of life; and to make sure all our citizens can get back to work at good jobs.
I will keep working hard every day for the next 16 months to serve the people of our state; but I will not be running for re-election as Governor of New Hampshire.
For me, being Governor of the State of New Hampshire is the best job in the world. Serving in this role is the highest privilege of my life. I remain humbled and honored by the trust the people of this great state have placed in me.
I thank all the citizens of our state from the bottom of my heart.
I love New Hampshire. I love the people of New Hampshire. The love and passion I have for this job, for this state and for our people have not diminished. In fact, they are strengthened every day. And I feel like I have the passion and energy to keep doing this work for a long, long time.
But democracy demands periodic change. To refresh and revive itself, democracy needs new leaders and new ideas. Institutions must be challenged in new ways to stay vibrant and relevant. It is time for the next generation of leadership for New Hampshire.
I am proud of so many things we’ve accomplished. We’ve always looked across party lines, working with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to do what’s right for New Hampshire. We passed tough ethics laws. We made kindergarten available to every child and cut our high school dropout rate by 60 percent. We balanced the budget in hard years, while working to protect services for our most vulnerable people. We built a model emergency response system and kept New Hampshire the safest state in the nation. We protected the civil liberties of all our people. We launched a new energy future for our state. And we’ve worked to help our families and businesses through this recession.
But today is not the time for looking back, because the job is not over. I was elected to serve until January 2013, and I intend to work every single moment of those remaining 16 months. There is still work to be done. That is what I am focused on, and that is what I will stay focused on.
Businesses and families in New Hampshire were devastated by Tropical Storm Irene. We are re-opening roads and bridges, but there is still much work to do to help our families and businesses rebuild their lives. We’re going to be at their side the whole way.
Every child in New Hampshire should have a chance to graduate from high school. It is essential for their future, and for the future of our state. In the past seven years, we have lowered our state’s high school dropout rate to less than 1 percent. I intend to keep working to bring it to zero.
This is a difficult state budget. I will keep working to make state government more efficient, and to implement the changes in the budget in such a way to minimize as much as possible the impact on the people of our state.
We are one of the safest states in the nation, and I intend to keep raising my voice and fighting to keep it that way.
We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. But there are still New Hampshire businesses struggling to grow, and still New Hampshire workers struggling to find new jobs. I intend to keep working to get all of our families back to work.
The journey is not over. There is still much to do, and we can’t waste a moment. As long as I am Governor, I will continue working to try to make a positive difference in the lives of the people of New Hampshire.
New Hampshire is the greatest state in the greatest country in the world. I will keep working to keep it that way.
Thank you very much for your support over the years. I know I will be able to continue relying on you for the next 16 months.
Very truly yours,