Michael J. Hart stepping down from City Council

Local lawyer Michael J. Hart has decided not run for reelection this fall, choosing instead to end his 10-year run on the City Council when his term expires at the end of the year. “I just felt like it was time to step down,” said Hart. “Having served that many years, I didn’t want to lose my enthusiasm for the job.” A former council president and top vote-getter in past elections, Hart, 66, who now serves as vice president of the nine-member body and chairman of its public safety committee, said he has enjoyed his time on the council, particularly as council president, a position that required him to oversee council meetings and set agendas. Hart said he is looking forward to spending more time playing golf and tennis, but he would not rule out a return to local politics in the future. “It was a great honor that so many have voted for me. I am very grateful for the experience,” Hart said. “I think we’ve accomplished a lot in the last 10 years, moving Haverhill forward, especially in the development of our downtown.”