Prosecutor running for Conneaut judge

Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci announced he was running for the position of Conneaut Municipal Judge in March 2019.

CONNEAUT — Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicolas Iarocci has announced that he is campaigning to become the new Conneaut Municipal Court judge.

“Things in my life are at a point where this makes sense,” Iarocci said. “It just seems to make sense.”

According to a press release, Iarocci has served as Ashtabula County prosecutor since December 2013, was born and raised in Conneaut and after attending law school and practicing law in Toledo, returned to Conneaut in the 90s, became assistant Ashtabula County prosecutor and started his own law firm.

In a press release, Iarocci outlined goals, if he were to be elected. Iarocci would like to bring an online docket to the Conneaut Municipal Court, improve security in the court and in City Hall, and found a drug and treatment court in Conneaut. “I’m intimately involved in (the county’s) drug court program,” Iarocci said. He added that he believes that his experience with the county’s drug court will prove invaluable in starting a similar program in Conneaut.

Iarocci was named Citizen of the Year in 2011 by the Conneaut Area Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Conneaut Board of Education for nine years, three of those as the body’s president, according to the press release. He has also served on the board of numerous charitable organizations in the Conneaut area and in Ashtabula County more broadly.

As prosecutor, Iarocci has prosecuted defendants for capital murder, murder, rape, burglary, robbery, felonious assault and domestic violence, according to the press release. “Ithink (my experience) makes me more than qualified,” Iarocci said.

In the press release, Iarocci spoke at length about his deep roots in the community. His grandparents settled in Conneaut after immigrating to the United States from Italy and Iarocci met his wife at Conneaut High School. He also grew up across the street from his church.

“I’ll be campaigning very hard, and we’ll be having a fundraiser at some point,” Iarocci said.

Iarocci will be running against current Conneaut Municipal Court Judge Carl DiFranco, who was first elected to the position in 2015. Iarocci’s term as prosecutor extends until the end of 2020.

If Iarocci wins the Conneaut Municipal Court judge seat he will have to resign as prosecutor.

In closing the press release stated, Iarocci has sincere words for the community. “We look forward to working hard over the next several months prior to the November election when I will humbly ask for support from the community.”

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