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Middlesex DA Leone won’t seek re-election

Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. at a press conference in December.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. at a press conference in December.

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone says he won’t seek re-election next year to a third term in the high-profile prosecutor’s job.

Leone’s statement Thursday night said he is not running for another office and intends to leave government at the end of his term. He said he has no specific plans now.

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Leone said he told his staff about his decision at an annual awards and recognition ceremony Thursday evening. He said his last three predecessors have not run for third terms, and he’s making the announcement now to allow potential successors time to plan.

Leone was elected Middlesex District Attorney in 2006 and was re-elected without opposition in 2011.

He is a former federal anti-terrorism prosecutor and also has worked in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and in private practice.

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