Lincoln’s Jahnz will not seek re-election

Lincoln’s Jahnz will not seek re-election

LINCOLN – Town Council Vice President James Jahnz has announced he will not be running for office in the 2018 elections. As a representative of District 4, Jahnz has served Albion/Lime Rock/Quinnville for six terms.

“After serving the town and the district for the past 12 years, I have decided, along with my family, to take some time away from public office,” said Jahnz. He and his wife Kristen, a math teacher at Cumberland High School, are parents to two Lincoln public school students, Josh and Katie.

“When I was first elected in 2006, my children were ages five and two. Should I be re-elected in November my son would be in college and my daughter would be more than halfway through high school during the term. I look forward to enjoying the next few years with my family without the time required to dedicate to public office,” he said.

Jahnz was first elected to the council in 2006 and was re-elected to serve five terms. He has been council vice president all along.

He was also elected to the State District 46 Representative Committee and previously served on the Lincoln Land Trust and Conservation Commission. He has served on several local nonprofit boards and committees in addition to coaching numerous local and regional athletic teams.

He said his focus on “constituent service” has been the most enjoyable part of public office, in addition to the time he was able to spend in service with his late father-in-law Rene Lapierre, former District 5 water commissioner.

“I was told a long time ago, if you want to create laws, run for the General Assembly and if you want to help your neighbors, run for Town Council," he said.