Shawnee County District Attorney Robert Hecht makes the announcement Thursday morning about his future in the legal world saying he will be seeking a 3rd term as District Attorney.
The 73-year-old prosecutor started his first term as Shawnee County D.A. back in January of 2001.
Hecht says he looks forward to continuing his service and is pleased with his second term in which his office tried 55 homicides and over 1,800 domestic violent cases. He says people of all professions have been tried and that if you break the law expect to be prosecuted.
"I have no agenda, I do not seek a higher political office and I find being D.A. is most satisfying and a great honor," Hecht said at a press conference in his office Thursday.
Republican Prosecutor Eric Rucker has begun setting up funds but has not made an official announcement if he will run.
Democrat Chad Taylor has declared he will face Hecht for the position.
Democrat Jerry Berger has also filled paper-work to run against Hecht.
"I am rather surprised at Mr. Hecht's decision to seek a third term. It in no way effects my decision to run for that office as I believe Shawnee County needs a change and a District Attorney who can unite the different agencies and the community to better help fight crime more effectively," Berger said in reaction to Hecht's announcement to run for a 3rd term.
2nd Term Cases:
55 Homicide Cases
178 Sex Offense Cases
891 Robbery/Burglary Cases
321 Aggravated Battery Cases
304 Aggravated Assault Cases
591 Assault and Battery Cases
1,867 Domestic Violence Cases
410 Felony DUI Cases
918 DUI Cases
1,837 Juvenile Offender Cases
1,659 Child in Need of Care Cases