Northampton mayor David Narkewicz not running for re-election

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz is not running for re-election this fall, after 10 years in office.

The mayor released a statement about his decision late Tuesday morning, in which he said he has been happy to serve the city in both appointed and elected roles over the past 20 years, but he wants to let other people step forward and lead.

He outlined several accomplishments during his time in office, including an improved city bond rating, promotion of economic development, and welcoming the adult cannabis industry to the city, as well as taking a stand on major issues such as immigration, the Black Lives Matter movement, LGBTQ+ rights, and climate change.

“When I first announced my candidacy for Mayor of Northampton back in March of 2011, I said it was time for ‘a new generation of leadership to move our great city forward.’ Now, after what will be a decade of significant work and progress for Northampton, the time for new leadership has come again,” Narkewicz wrote.

Adding that he loves the city and hopes this announcement will give an opportunity for others to begin campaigning for the position.

“I am somebody who is really grateful to the people of Northampton for the honor of letting me hold this job for my tenth year,” Narkewicz said. “It’s a great city. I love our city, and I am really proud of it. I am proud to have held this title. I am also proud to step back and now let the voters decide who will lead our city into the future.

The mayor added that he will continue in the months ahead to get the city through the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as complete the city budget and several high-priority projects.

Northampton voters will elect a new mayor on November 2, though a September preliminary election may be necessary if there are three or more candidates.

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