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Racine County DA Rich Chiapete - seen here at his swearing in - plead guilty to three municipal citations after a drunk driving accident.Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete announced a week ago on his personal Facebook page that he was seeking re-election, but then changed his mind, according a story by the Journal Times.

Instead of running for re-election, Chiapete announced at a press conference held Tuesday that assistant district attorney Tricia Hanson would be seeking the job. Hanson ran for Racine County Circuit Court Judge against David Paulson, who won the election.

She was in private practice for two years and has been a prosecutor for the Racine County District Attorney’s Office since 1996. In that capacity she has worked in every criminal and juvenile court in Racine County, including the protection of children, protection of the elderly, and serious felonies including homicides.

Racine lawyer Eugene B. Loftin, who owns Loftin Legal, already announced that he will be running against Hanson.

We’ve got phone calls into Chiapete and Hanson. We’ll update the story when they call back.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.