Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan withdraws bid for re-election

Jim Melwert
July 03, 2019 - 12:15 pm
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan

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UPDATED: 12:54 p.m.

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — In a surprising announcement Wednesday, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said he will not seek re-election in the fall. 

Tom Hogan has been with the Chester County DA’s office for 21 years, and was elected District Attorney in 2011.

In his announcement, Hogan said he’ll finish out his term, which is up in January, and he’ll make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.

He says there’s no scandal or other issue forcing him out. Instead he says he feels after eight years, it’s time for someone else to take over.

He says family is a key issue in his decision, saying he once left a Disney vacation to fly home to deal with a homicide. Another time, he said, he left a note outside his daughter’s door when she was in middle school, saying he had to leave in the middle of the night to go to crime scene.

"I am constantly disappearing in the middle of the night to go to homicide scenes, to go to cases. I am constantly working. And my wife, my kids, they deserve a break. I have to go back to being a father for them," he said. 

"I promised them I would sit down after the primary was over and talk to them and talk to my colleagues about it, and we reached a conclusion. There’s nothing else for us to accomplish in the DA’s office and it’s now time to step back."

Hogan's first assistant for the past seven years, Michael Noone, will replace him on the ballot. Noone says he appreciates Hogan’s recommendation and looks forward focusing on the safety of county residents.

No one will face Democratic candidate Deb Ryan in the fall. Ryan spent 15 years with the Philadlephia and Chester County DA's offices, and was in charges of Chester County’s Child Abuse Unit. She’s currently with county victim services.

In a statement, she thanked Hogan for his service and looked ahead to "advocating for justice."

"As the Chester County District Attorney, I will continue to give a voice to the voiceless and to seek justice for victims in a fair and respectful way. With your support, I look forward to ushering in a new era of the Chester County District Attorney’s office that is held to the highest standards of transparency and integrity and ensures Justice For All."