Iarocci wins judge seat

Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci

CONNEAUT — A new judge was elected to Conneaut Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Incumbent Carl DiFranco fell to County Prosecutor and Conneaut native Nicholas Iarocci in the race.

Iarocci received 1,679 votes, to DiFranco’s 838.

DiFranco was elected to the Municipal Court by a 28-vote margin in 2015. Under his watch, the municipal court has put court records online.

Iarocci was appointed to the post of County Prosecutor in 2013, and was reelected to the post in 2014 and 2016. He had already announced that he would  not seek reelection in 2020.

Iarocci graduated from Conneaut High School and received his law degree from the University of Toledo. He has served on the Conneaut School Board and was the Conneaut Citizen of the Year in 2011.

Iarocci said he would prioritize improving the court’s online records and improving security at the municipal court, and the municipal building as a whole.

The race has seen both men’s campaign signs vandalized or stolen. One of Iarocci’s billboards was vandalized in October.

The vandalism was likely not motivated by the court race, DiFranco said at the time.

“People often forget that you make enemies as a judge or a prosecutor,” he said.

Iarocci released a statement Tuesday night after his victory.

“I wish to thank my opponent Judge Carl DiFranco. I appreciate very much that the divisive political climate in today’s society did not affect our competitive race, and I wish him the best of all blessings as he moves on to future endeavors,” he said.

“I look very much forward to the privilege of serving my hometown as its next judge and ending my tenure as our county prosecutor. I look forward to the challenges that lie before us, and intend to work very, very hard with other community leaders and team members to improve the operations of the court and to serve in this position with the integrity, respect and fairness that the position deserves,” Iarocci said.

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