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Berry Says This is His Last Term

State Sen. and Peabody native Fred Berry announced last night that he will not seek another term in office next year.

State Sen. Fred Berry took advantage of having a captive audience last night at a fundraiser at the to announce that he will not run for re-election next year.

Berry, who has cerebral palsy, indicated in his remarks that health challenges in recent years have influenced his decision, according to a report by the Salem News.

The 61-year-old Peabody native, current Senate Majority Leader and dean, was first elected to the Mass. Senate in 1982. Prior to that, he worked as a health professional and served as a Councilor-at-Large in Peabody for four years. He graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School.

Berry, a Democrat, represents Peabody, , Beverly, Danvers and Topsfield.

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