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Read Governor Charlie Baker’s full statement on not running for reelection

Governor Charlie Baker.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will not seek a third term in 2022, he announced Wednesday in a joint statement with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

Baker, a Republican who remained popular with his blue-state constituents through tumultuous times, said a campaign would have been “a distraction” from managing the COVID-19 pandemic — work that “cannot and should not be about politics and the next election.”

Read the full statement: