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Polk County Attorney John Sarcone won’t seek reelection

John Sarcone, Polk County’s long-serving top prosecutor, has announced he will not run for...
John Sarcone, Polk County’s long-serving top prosecutor, has announced he will not run for reelection.(polkcountyiowa.gov)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:01 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Polk County’s long-serving top prosecutor has announced he will not run for reelection.

Television station KCCI first reported County Attorney John Sarcone’s announcement Wednesday that he will not seek a ninth term next year.

Sarcone is a Democrat who has served as the county’s top prosecutor since 1991. He has faced recent criticism for his decisions to charge a journalist and participants in last year’s protests over racial inequality.

Sarcone pursued misdemeanor charges against Des Moines Register journalist Andrea Sahouri, who was pepper-sprayed and arrested while covering a protest in May 2020.

His effort drew widespread condemnation from advocates for a free press and human rights.

Sahouri was acquitted in March.

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