Lynn, Mass. Dem. Rep. Capano Not Seeking Re-election

Report: Capano Latest Rep To Decide Against Reelection

Rep. Capano
Democrat Rep. Peter Capano of Lynn (left) talks with Republican Rep. David DeCoste of Norwell in the Gardner Auditorium on Sept. 4, 2019. –

Lynn Rep. Peter Capano will not seek reelection to a fourth term in the House, according to his hometown paper.

The Daily Item reported late last month that the three-term Democrat decided to retire when his current term ends, opening up a race for the 11th Essex District that covers parts of Lynn and all of Nahant.

“It’s just time to retire. I want to spend more time with my family, my grandkids, and you know… I’m at (that) age,” Capano, 66, told the Item.

Capano, who could not be reached immediately Wednesday, joined the House in 2019 after winning a three-way Democratic primary and then cruising through the general election with no opposition. He never faced another opponent en route to two reelections.

For the last two terms, he’s served as the House vice chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. Before joining the Legislature, Capano was a Lynn city councilor and served as president of IUE-CWA Local 201.

His departure brings the count of representatives opting against reelection to a baker’s dozen.

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