Primary likely in Walworth County DA race

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Thursday, March 29, 2012
— A second Republican has announced intentions to run for Walworth County district attorney, setting up a primary election in August.

Steven C. Harvey, a Delavan attorney and a former municipal prosecutor, said he intends to enter the race.

Candidates can begin circulating nomination papers April 15. To appear on the ballot, candidates must collect 500 valid signatures by June 1.

Harvey is a partner in Wassel, Harvey & Schuk, a Delavan law firm. In addition to his private practice, Harvey has served as a municipal prosecutor for five municipalities.

"Experience is a major issue in this campaign," Harvey said. "I have extensive trial experience, including criminal cases, both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney.

"My first jury trial as a prosecutor was in 1993," he said. "Since then, I have prosecuted thousands of cases, including hundreds of drunken driving cases."

Harvey said he would be especially diligent in prosecuting operating while intoxicated cases.

"The judicial district has created a matrix for the disposition of OWI cases, and I believe that has worked well," Harvey said. "The new OWI court is also a big step in the right direction.

"The current district attorney and his staff have a very efficient and fair system in place, and I would continue with that system," he said.

Harvey also pointed to his experience as a small business owner. He is a partner in the Wassel law firm.

"My experience as a small business owner has prepared me to address the budgetary, personnel and management challenges that will confront me as the Walworth County district attorney," he said.

Harvey said he has the endorsement of the Town of Bloomfield Police Chief Steve Cole and the Town of Delavan Police Chief Phil Smith.

Harvey is married and has four children.

Elkhorn attorney Dan Necci has also announced he will run for the Walworth County DA post. No Democrats have announced for the position.

Last updated: 7:50 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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