FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards has officially announced she’s running for re-election. And if she’s successful, she would be the first Allen County prosecutor elected to serve a fourth term. Richards will run against fellow Republican Mike Loomis in the May primary. He announced his candidacy earlier this month.
Allen County’s first female prosecutor hopes she’ll also become the first prosecuting attorney to serve a fourth term.
“Our office is tough on violent crime. We’re very willing to look into rehabilitation for people who want a second chance,” Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards said.
Richards has been the prosecuting attorney for the past 11 years. In that time, Richards said she’s never asked for a budget increase, has built a robust homicide unit that has only lost one murder case since 2003, and she formed a financial crimes unit. But she’ll face opposition from her own party as voters cast their ballots in May.
“I just don’t think we’re doing enough,” Republican candidate running for Allen County Prosecutor Mike Loomis said.
Attorney Mike Loomis said he entered the race for prosecutor because of the rising number of homicides in the county.
“Having 30 unsolved cases on ones desk is not quick. It’s another thing I would want to do is create a county-wide task force for a cold case squad.”
On top of that, Loomis said he’d like to form a year-round grand jury that would help make some witnesses feel better protected. Richards said the county isn’t alone when it comes to fighting violent crime.
“Indianapolis had a similar problem. Indianapolis has had 16 homicides so far this month already. Gary had a similar problem. I think the relationship that we have with the Fort Wayne Police Department has never been better. We have the best opportunity to solve these than we’ve ever had.” Richards said.