Jefferson Co. prosecutor seeking re-election

January 25, 2012
  • Lorenzetti

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Jefferson County Prosecutor Ralph Lorenzetti has announced his candidacy for a second four-year term.

To date, Lorenzetti has no announced Democratic opponent in that party’s May 8 primary.

The filing deadline ends Jan. 28.

Prosecutors in counties the size of Jefferson earn $96,600 a year.

Lorenzetti, 64, was elected as Jefferson County’s top lawyer in 2008 to succeed long-time Prosecutor Mike Thompson. 

He served in the office for 23 years, as an assistant prosecutor and later as chief deputy prosecutor.

Lorenzetti said he has seen the office grow from two part-time assistants to eight full-time assistant prosecutors and two full-time victim advocates.


The office, which recently moved to larger second-floor quarters on Liberty Street, handles juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor, felony, abuse and neglect and planning and zoning cases for the county.

Lorenzetti is a graduate of Virginia Tech, Wayne State University and West Virginia University School of Law. He has lived in Jefferson County for 29 years.

He is on the board of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Association and represents that group on the National District Attorneys Association. He is vice president of the Berkeley/Jefferson Community Corrections Board, past president of the Old Opera House Community Theater and is president of the Charles Town Kiwanis Club. He is a communicant of St. James and St. Peters Catholic churches.

Lorenzetti is married to Rosie Cannarella. The couple has two sons, Jason and Adam.

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