Middlesex County DA Announces He Won't Seek Third Term

Leone said he has no specific plans after he leaves office.

Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone has announced he will not seek a third term in 2014, according to his office.

Leone made the announcement during an awards ceremony with his staff on Jan. 10

“These decisions are, and should be, predicated upon what is best for the person and their family. What is best for me and my family is that I not seek another term. As someone who is much smarter than I am once said, ‘I must be willing to give up what I am, in order to become what I will be.’ Other than a husband and father, I am not yet sure what that will be when I am no longer a District Attorney,” Leone said in a statement.

Leone said he does not plan to seek another elected office but has no other specific plans at the moment, according to the DA’s office.

Leone was elected to his post in 2006 after serving as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Anti-Terrorism Coordinator with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston from 2001- 2005.

In Waltham, he has overseen the investigations in the triple homicide on Harding Avenue and the fatal hit-and-run that killed a Waltham man. His office has also overseen the case against Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix. 

Leone, in his remarks to his staff, said he made the announcement now because he wanted to make his plans clear and give potential candidates time to formalize their plans. 


“Lately I have been asked by several people in our office, and several people outside the office, about my personal plans for the immediate future.

To be open together, to lend clarity around that inquiry, and to minimize disruption to our Office, I wanted to tell you all tonight together in person about my intentions.

For the last 30 years, the last 3 Middlesex District Attorneys have not run for reelection to a 3rd term as Middlesex District Attorney.  Like my predecessors, I too will not run for reelection to a third term as Middlesex District Attorney in 2014. 

However, unlike my predecessor Middlesex District Attorneys, I am not running for another elective office, and in fact, I intend to leave Government service when I leave this office.  I do not now know what I will do when I leave.  But, I do know that anyone who is interested in competing to succeed me needs time to compete.  I want that field of potential successors to be as rich and deep as the job deserves.  And, therefore, I am expressing my intentions publicly now.

I said what I meant, and meant what I said, when I stated that this job was the only elected office that I wanted.  I endured the electoral process to hold what I continue to believe is the absolute best job in Government and Public Service in Massachusetts.  Helping and serving people, and speaking for people who have no voice, remains a passion of mine.

Although this decision means change, it should not mean angst or concern.  I say this especially for those who have not been here long enough to have seen a change in District Attorney.  The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office is not about me or any one District Attorney.  It is about you and us, collectively, as an Office.  I made that point when I returned as the elected District Attorney, and will continue to repeat that theme during my time here.

This Middlesex District Attorney’s Office is about the collective whole of all of us, made up of outstanding individuals who protect and serve the public with commitment, dedication and passion.  It is an outstanding legacy that we all share in, and it does not depend upon, nor evolve around, any one person.

Just continue to do your jobs as well as you are now, and let's continue to work together on behalf of others. 

Lastly, please know that these decisions regarding whether to run for elected office are very personal.  These decisions are, and should be, predicated upon what is best for the person and their family.  What is best for me and my family is that I not seek another term.  As someone who is much smarter than I am once said, "I must be willing to give up what I am, in order to become what I will be."  Other than a husband and father, I am not yet sure what that will be when I am no longer a District Attorney.

I remain thoroughly engaged and enjoying this terrific job which I love, and will continue to do so until the day that I leave."

Donna Reed January 15, 2013 at 03:34 PM
I watched Attorney Leone on Court TV every day before he was the District Attorney as he prosecuted Louise Woodward. He won the prosecution, ( even as Ms. Woodward sat on the witness chair and smiled) but for whatever ridiculous reason, the judge set her free and worse yet, gave her a free ticket back home. Did she kill that baby? No doubt she did, was it intentional, I don't think it was. But she still should have suffered SOME type of consequence for her actions. I was pleased when Mr. Leone won the office of District Attorney, as CLEARLY he was the right man for the position. And I've often hoped that judge took early retirement. Our County is suffering a great loss, but I hope that Gerry Leone goes on to MUCH bigger and better things. Somehow, I suspect he will.
Anonymous January 16, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I just want to clarify that nothing NOTHING has been done in the triple homicide case, no suspects, no arrests. Absolutely disgraceful, how can he resign leaving something like that unfinished behind him. What about the family and friends of the victims. I hope the next DA cares enough to solve this case.
Donna Reed January 16, 2013 at 09:58 PM
WHICH triple homicide case??? Nothing has been done in a lot of cases...ask the Melanson family. Their little girl has been missing for over 20 years with no suspects arrested either. Does that mean the DA and his team havnt' worked their tails off trying to get suspects? No, it doens't. Not every case is solvable......there has ALWAYS been cases that havn't been solved..no doubt you've heard of the Black Dahlia?....( no matter WHO the DA is) and there will always be such cases.
Anonymous January 18, 2013 at 05:59 PM
The triple homicide case mentioned in this article, is what i speak of. It is mentioned as though it was an accomplishment of the DA and his team, which it certainly is not. Its something they have done nothing about which is why I question why they even mention it. As you said it yourself " Nothing has been done in a lot of cases" and of course the success rate of crimes solved is a direct reflection of the DA and his teams work. How else are we supposed to determine if they are actually working their tails off?.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Anonymous, Please try to keep this in perspective. The DA's office has not "done nothing" about this. As our prior reporting has shown, they have spoken with people that may have information, announced the causes of death, etc. In general, and not specific to the DA's office, many murder cases nationwide go unsolved, so to expect that every case will be solved is just not realistic.
Anonymous January 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM
okay your right, to say they have done Nothing is harsh. They have spent a large amount of money and asked a lot of questions. Nothing is just the end result. I'm simply pointing out that to mention it in the article is superfluous. It maddens me as a close friend of the victims that it is considered a part of his resume or work history when it is in fact at this point a cold case. With one or two vague statements issued claiming that they are still working on it. I know that it sometimes takes years to solve a case, IF at all.I'm keeping things in perspective everyday that i wait for a breakthrough on this situation. However, frankly the bottom line is the bottom line, which unfortunately is a ZERO result in this situation. Don't boast about overseeing an investigation that has yet to be completed, it is just patronizing to those people who care deeply about the situation. Thank you.
Anonymous January 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM
And now my comments have to be approved? that's very interesting. I see that having an opinion is only allowed if that opinion is in agreement with the free press. Or if it helps the public image of the DA. God forbid there is a dissenting view.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Anonymous, Calm down. Patch has the right to and does moderate comments on all stories. Sometimes, comments must be approved be they appear on the site. That approach allows us to maintain decorum and a civil discussion. Nobody is suppressing your view. You and invited to express any view you like, as long as you don't violate the Patch terms of service: http://waltham.patch.com/terms
Donna Reed January 18, 2013 at 10:58 PM
CLEARLY this person has a VERY strong emotional tie to this triple homicide..and because their case has not yet been solved, to them this means NOTHING is being done about anything. One can understand their anger....however, Middlesex County is the LARGEST in the state. Count the cities and towns in the County. Then compare those numbers to the other counties....the "disparity" is mind-boggling. I wonder if they have even the SLIGHTEST idea how many crimes are committed in this county.....and clearly, they have even less of a clue as to how dedicated the people who work in that office are, and for how LITTLE money. Many of these lawyers ( and others on the team) could work for private firms and TRIPLE their salaries, but they are dedicated to public service. They work hard, and sometimes put in MANY 10-12 hour days. Will ALL the crimes be solved, of course NOT. Many of these victims have a lot of friends and associates, not all of whom are listed in the telephone directory. But they do their best to find and interview as many as they can to solve as many cases as they can. Patch is a GREAT tool, available in many towns (if not all) and is designed as a public forum for citizens to engage in public discussion without ridiculing each other, or being offensive. ALL the comments are 'monitored", not just yours, and certainly not yours just because you don't happen to care for Gerry Leone and his committed, hard working, VERY under-paid, team of dedicated professionals.
Anonymous January 19, 2013 at 08:23 AM
Your both right, I do have to calm down. I am very attached to this case. Thank you.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) January 19, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Anonymous, It's ok. I can't say I understand how you feel. I can only imagine how much you want to see the killers caught. Peace be with all the victims.
Donna Reed January 19, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Well said Ryan...their agony is incomprehensible. I wish them inner peace, and a quick resolve to their case.


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