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Two compete in primary for Jefferson Co. Prosecuting Attorney

McQuade says she will bring 'tenaciousness and toughness'; Lorenzetti outlines his people skills

McQuade says she will bring 'tenaciousness and toughness'; Lorenzetti outlines his people skills

May 02, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- Ruth Anne McQuade said she would bring "tenaciousness and toughness" to the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney's office, if voters elected her to replace Michael D. Thompson in the May 13 primary election. Ralph A. Lorenzetti Jr. said he would bring "people skills" and the ability to talk to anybody.

With no Republican candidates on the ballot, the Democratic Party's nominee will have a clear shot at being elected to the office in the November general election. The Jefferson County's prosecuting attorney is paid about $95,000 annually and serves a four-year term.

A federal prosecuting attorney for 20 years, McQuade, 58, said the first thing she would do if elected is to sit down with law enforcement leaders in the county to improve the relationship with the office and together establish priorities.

"I've heard and talked to a number of law enforcement and they've told me that they're dissatisfied with the current leadership in the prosecuting attorney's office," said McQuade of Shepherdstown.

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"They feel that the work, the cases they bring into the prosecuting attorney's office aren't prosecuted strongly enough and that it's discouraging and demoralizing to do so much work and then have either the case resolved in a less than satisfactory way or not charged at all," she said.

Currently Jefferson County's chief assistant prosecuting attorney, Lorenzetti, 60, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., said he would continue routine meetings that Thompson now holds with law enforcement leaders.

"I wouldn't do much more than what he's doing," said Lorenzetti, who worked as a part-time assistant prosecuting attorney for about 16 years and eight in a full-time capacity for Jefferson County.

"He has monthly meetings with the chiefs of police and the sheriff's department and the state police," Lorenzetti said. "He gets along with the judges and I believe I've gotten along well with the judges and pretty much with the public."

McQuade she would improve public access to the office's information by revamping the office's Web site to provide court dockets, sex offender registry and jury duty information and other resources similar to what Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office has made available online.

Lorenzetti said he wasn't opposed to the hiring of outside legal counsel to advise other county agencies, but believed the office could handle the job on a day-to-day basis. McQuade said her focus would be on prosecuting crimes and favored hiring outside counsel that would remain under her supervision.

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