Longtime deputy looks to succeed retiring top prosecutor

Karen Richards
Karen Richards(State of Indiana)
Published: Feb. 3, 2022 at 6:43 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Karen Richards will formally announce next week that she will not seek a sixth term as Allen County Prosecuting Attorney, bringing to an end a two-decade run in a key criminal justice position in northeastern Indiana.

Word of her decision follows the filing on Wednesday by Deputy Chief Prosecutor Michael McAlexander, a fellow Republican, to seek the post.

The deadline to file is noon on Friday for those looking to appear on the May primary ballot. Entering the final hours of the filing period, McAlexander was the only candidate to submit the required papers. No Democrats had filed.

Richards is a 1979 Indiana University Law School graduate who began working for the prosecutor’s office in 1981. She was elected to the top post there in 2002 and took the lead in that office the following year. Her official bio states that she launched the Sex Crimes Unit and “holds the record in the State of Indiana for one of the longest prison sentences awarded in a non-murder case - a sentence of 320 years for a serial rapist who abducted women, locked them in the trunks of their cars, and brutalized them.”

Richards was unopposed in 2018 -- her last bid for reelection.

On Wednesday, McAlexander filed to run in the GOP primary for Prosecuting Attorney. He is the only candidate from either of the major parties to do so.

The primary election is May 3, with the general election slated for Nov. 8.

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