JEFFERSON — Voters decided to bring a newcomer into the county prosecutor’s office.

Republican Colleen O’Toole beat incumbent Democrat Cecilia Cooper by more than 7,000 votes, according to the unofficial results from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections Office.

O’Toole garnered 24,426 votes to Cooper’s 17,102 votes, according to the unofficial results.

O’Toole is a Judiciary member/legal consultant in the Major International Commercial Court Expert Chamber Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

O’Toole commuted from her home in Ashtabula to the Emirate several times a year.

She’s a former judge, serving Ashtabula County in the Ohio Court of Appeals, 11th District Warren, Ohio.

She was elected to the 11th District Court of Appeals in 2004, serving through 2010. She was again elected to the court in 2012, serving through 2019.

Thereafter, she was appointed to assist the AbuDhabi Judicial Department in developing best practice in the legal commercial court assisting the department in modernizing and improving their procedures and practices. Throughout her judicial tenures, she has worked hard to increase the speed with which cases are processed and has written more than 800 opinions.

“I believe strongly in upholding the United States and Ohio Constitutions, and the rule of law both domestically and abroad,” she said during a Star Beacon interview earlier this year. “I am dedicated to the application of due process principles, and equal access to justice for all litigants, including those appearing pro se.” 

Cooper moved to Ashtabula County nearly 10 years ago and has made North Kingsville her home.

In May of 2011, she was hired as an assistant prosecutor by County Prosecutor Tom Sartini and served the county in that capacity until she was promoted to chief assistant county prosecutor by Nick Iarocci in February 2015. In January of 2020, she was appointed county prosecutor, to complete Iarocci’s unexpired term. This will be her first full term.

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