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Alcombright Not Running For Fifth Term In North Adams

North Adams Mayor Dick Alcombright.
City of North Adams
North Adams Mayor Dick Alcombright.

The mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts, said he is not running for re-election in November.

Dick Alcombright, who has led Berkshire County's second-largest community for eight years, said Thursday it's time for new leadership and new energy for the city.

Alcombright said a bruising re-election campaign in 2015, which saw him recover from a primary night defeat to win the general election, was not a factor in his decision.

"I've successfully run four campaigns and twice against the same opponent," Alcombright said. "I was up for that challenge. I think, this year, we have an incredibly good story to tell. There's a ton of great investment going on up here. We've had some great success stories."

Alcombright and John Barrett, who Alcombright beat in 2009 and again in 2015, have been the only two mayors in North Adams since 1984.

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