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Former mayor Bernie Streeter, seen here this summer enjoying some pool time with neighbors, has dropped out of the Ward 7 alderman race because of health issues.
Sunday, October 2, 2011

Former Mayor Streeter drops out of alderman race

NASHUA – Citing health issues, former Mayor Bernie Streeter won’t run for a ward alderman seat this fall.

Streeter announced Thursday that not long after filing for the Ward 7 alderman race last month, he developed a health problem.

Deciding to focus on recovery, Streeter has asked to have his name removed from the Nov. 8 election ballot.

Streeter’s decision means he won’t try to make history. He had joined former Mayor Jim Donchess in the aldermanic race, the first time in city history that two former mayors later ran for the board.

“Rather than run a campaign when I am not at full speed, I have reluctantly decided to withdraw,” Streeter wrote in a statement. “My family, my friends and I am very hopeful this decision will give me the time and strength to regain full health.”

Two other Ward 7 residents are on the ballot: June Caron and Michelle Spears.

Dick Flynn was the ward’s alderman until he died in July. The election winner will fill the seat for the remaining two months of Flynn’s term, and then start a new term after the January inauguration.

Streeter wrote that he had hoped to “re-enter city government in a new role and provide the citizens of Ward 7 and the city the same type of fiscal oversight that Flynn did.

“However, it is not possible to do this at this time, so I have asked City Clerk Paul Bergeron to remove my name from this fall’s ballot.”

Bergeron said state law allows for a candidate’s name to be stricken from a ballot only for health reasons.

The city clerk’s office received the proofs of the ballot on Wednesday, and has enough time to remove Streeter’s name before the ballot is printed, Bergeron said.

It isn’t the first time a candidate has had to drop out of a race for health issues, Bergeron said. In the last election, Robert Sullivan withdrew from the Ward 1 alderman race after the filing period ended because of health, he said.

Before serving as mayor from 2000-08, Streeter was an executive councilor and hospital executive.

Donchess is running for one of the three opening alderman-at-large seats. He was mayor from 1984-91.

Albert McKeon can be reached at 594-5832 or amckeon@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, check out Mc-Keon on Twitter (@Telegraph_AMcK).