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Necci cruises in Walworth County DA race

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Stan Milam
August 15, 2012

— No changes in personnel are expected when Dan Necci takes office as the new Walworth County district attorney.

By a more than 2-1 margin, Necci, 33, an attorney from Lake Geneva with an office in Elkhorn, defeated Delavan attorney Steven Harvey of Palmyra in the Republican primary for district attorney.

With all 39 precincts reporting, Necci tallied 7,300 votes compared to Harvey's 3,465.

"It is knee-bending humbling to see this overwhelming show of support," he said. "I'm absolutely humbled and amazed."

When contacted Tuesday, Harvey said he had no comment on the election results "at this time."

No changes in the district attorney's office are expected, Necci said.

"I have talked to people in the office," he said. "I'm excited to be working with each and every individual in there. I'm excited for what God has in store for us in that office."

Harvey attempted to define the race based on Necci's lack of criminal jury trial experience. Necci said the big issue was trust, not trial experience.

"The issue has been from the beginning a matter of trust," Necci said. "I saw how former judges and prosecutors, law enforcement personnel and the entire legal community put their trust in me to be the next Walworth County district attorney."

Necci said he talked to thousands of Walworth County residents while going door-to-door campaigning and while serving burgers and hot dogs at social gatherings.

"That's the reason I entered this race," Necci said. "I was honored to have people come up to me and say, 'You are the right guy to do this job.' "I won't let them down.''

In the end, Necci said the win belonged to God.

"It's all him," Necci said. "The glory is to God."

In most elections, the race would now move to the November general election when the next district attorney would be decided and then take office in January. While Necci will go through the formality of being on the Nov. 6 ballot, there are no Democratic candidates on the ballot to oppose him.

Necci will succeed Phil Koss, who now is a Walworth County judge.

Necci could take office before January if appointed by Gov. Scott Walker.

"The governor has a lot of important things to do," Necci said. "That's his decision to make if he wants me to take office early."

Necci said he has no plans to contact Walker regarding an appointment.

"If he appoints me, I'm ready to serve early," Necci said. "If not, I'll be ready in January, but I'm not about to tell the governor what to do."

Despite tough campaign talk about experience, ethics and trust from the candidates, Necci wished Harvey well.

"I wish nothing but God's blessings, and I hope God smiles upon Steve every day," Necci said.



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