Middlesex County Clerk Elaine Flynn will not seek re-election to a sixth term.
Flynn defeated incumbent Dennis Little, the last Republican to hold countywide office in Middlesex, with 61% of the vote in 1995.
“It has been my great privilege and honor to serve our residents over the past quarter-century as the first woman ever elected Middlesex County Clerk,” Flynn said in a statement released on Wednesday evening. “I have had two successful and satisfying careers in both teaching and as the longest serving County Clerk.”
Flynn took considerable heat last April when she arbitrarily extended the primary election filing deadline by one day after mistakenly informing municipal clerks of the wrong date.
The 78-year-old Flynn was praised for her service in a joint statement from Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe and vice chair Beatrice Moskowitz.
“Elaine Flynn has been a trailblazer as both County Clerk and as a leader in Middlesex County. The longest serving county clerk in history, she has dedicated herself to the residents of this county and this state throughout her life – as both a county clerk for twenty-five years and as a teacher who influenced a generation of students,” McCabe and Moskowitz said. “She has expanded voting opportunities and modernized her department in ways that will leave a legacy for many years after her departure.”
It’s not immediately clear who will run to replace Flynn.
The Democratic nomination in Middlesex, where Republicans have not won a countywide race since 1991, is tantamount to election.
Flynn will serve the remainder of her current five-year term that expires on December 31.
“We look forward to working with her throughout the end of the year and look forward to her continued civic participation for many years to come,” McCabe and Moskowitz said.
In announcing her retirement, Flynn pointed to her accomplishments in office: “modernizing our department through electronic filings and land searches by making information available online to the expansion of vote by mail opportunities, and providing passports, notaries and free Veterans cards.”