JOHN BARRETT

John Barrett greets supporters at a victory gathering Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in North Adams, Mass.
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John Barrett, a former 26-year mayor of North Adams, won a special Democratic primary Tuesday for state representative in northern Berkshire County.

North Adams Mayor Dick Alcombright.
City of North Adams

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.