2 Massachusetts District Attorneys will not seek re-election

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Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe and Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett made their statements in separate statements.

Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) – Two longtime Massachusetts district attorneys announced Wednesday that they will not seek re-election this year.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe and Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett made their statements in separate statements.

“It has been the honor of my professional life to have been elected five times by voters on the Cape & Islands and to have headed an office of professional and dedicated prosecutors,” said O’Keefe, a Republican who was first elected in 2002 and took office. in January 2003.

His jurisdiction includes Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Prior to that, he was an assistant district attorney in the 1982 office.

Blodgett, a Democrat, joined O’Keefe at the same time.

“After much deliberation and discussion with my family, I have decided not to seek a sixth term as a District Attorney in Essex County,” he said in a statement.

The county stretches from north of Boston to the New Hampshire border.

None of them indicated their plans after leaving office.

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