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Bélanger announces resignation

I have served all the residents of Hollis to the best of my ability for nine years as your state representative in Concord. Not only have I represented you at the state level, but also as a member of the Hillsborough County delegation and Executive Committee. I appreciate your support, regardless of your party, in elections. I have no regrets and would certainly do it again for you.

However, about two months ago I suffered a setback in my health which, according to doctors, was caused by stress and over-work and resulted in a cerebral stroke. I have recovered from this better than most, but the possibility of a recurrence is necessitating a change in my activities. If I were to continue to the end of my term, I would be neglecting very crucial and important aspects of the position I am sworn to provide. I cannot do that to you!

I am announcing to you, my constituents, before I make a formal announcement to the state Legislature, that I will be tendering my resignation as your representative a year earlier than the end of my fifth term. The Selectmen may or may not have a special election to fill my seat, and I wanted you to know about that before it came as a surprise without notice.