"RACINE — From all outward appearances, a press conference Tuesday at the Racine County Courthouse had appeared to be the kick-off to District Attorney Rich Chiapete’s re-election campaign.
"But after starting his speech with his background and accomplishments in his office, Chiapete threw a curveball, announcing he will not seek another four-year term.
"Choking back tears, Chiapete said he and his family 'prayed and reflected' on the decision before deciding not to run again. Deputy District Attorney Tricia Hanson, who was present at the conference, will run for the seat in the fall.
"'After careful consideration, we do believe it’s time that I walk a different path,' Chiapete said.
"'It truly has been my privilege and honor to serve all of you.'
"Chiapete declined to elaborate on his decision, saying only it was made with his family. He did not mention any plans after he leaves office, saying 'that stuff will work itself out.'
"Asked if his decision was related to a 2014 drunken-driving crash, Chiapete said 'everything goes into the dynamic. There’s no one overriding factor. I thought it was best for my family if we went a different direction.'
"Chiapete pleaded guilty to first-offense operating a vehicle while under the influence, obstructing an officer and hit and run after striking a traffic light near his home in April 2014."
Read more: http://journaltimes.com/news/local/racine-county-district-attorney-rich-chiapete-won-t-seek-re/article_419a2b28-3bae-54e6-b85f-82aa062ed658.html
Obviously, I'm late with this news. I haven't been paying much attention to local politics lately. I've been going insane instead.
Racine Community Media is reporting that Chiapete has quit: http://racinecommunitymedia.tumblr.com/post/143482418988/racine-district-attorney-rich-chiapete
Too bad legal stranger is no longer talking to me. I wonder what the details are?