Blodgett won't seek 6th term; Tucker plans to run for DA

Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett talks to reporters at a crime scene outside a Jefferson Avenue home in Salem on Dec. 5, 2005 where Salem police and detectives assigned to the DA’s office were investigating a double shooting. Standing at Blodgett’s left is then-Salem police Capt. Paul Tucker, who was head of the Salem detectives unit. On Wednesday, Blodgett announced he wouldn’t seek a sixth term as DA, and not long after, Tucker (now a state representative) said he would run for district attorney and leave open his seat in the 7th Essex district.