Veteran criminal prosecutor Vicki Ashworth Feb. 21 announced her candidacy for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 1. With more than 16 years of experience successfully prosecuting cases ranging from sexual assault to special-circumstance homicide, Ashworth is endorsed by an El Dorado County Superior Court judge, the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, fellow prosecutors, investigators, law enforcement leaders and local residents.
“I have dedicated my career to protecting victims’ rights and ensuring that our judicial system serves everyone equitably,” said Ashworth. “I would be honored to serve the people of El Dorado County as a judge who consistently upholds their constitutional rights and never legislates from the bench.”
After graduating in 1996 from the McGeorge School of Law with a focus on criminal law, Ashworth began her prosecutorial career in the Amador County District Attorney’s Office, where she worked her way up to an independent and serious caseload in just two years. In 1999, she joined the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office as a deputy DA, taking on a wide range of criminal-court assignments and successfully obtaining notable convictions.
Recognizing Ashworth’s accomplishments, El Dorado County Assistant Presiding Judge James R. Wagoner said she has “handled many serious and high-profile cases in my court. I can think of no better or more qualified person to be my colleague on the bench.”
Ashworth is active in her community. She volunteers her time as a greeter at her church, a mentor attorney for the El Dorado County Teen Court program, and serves as an attorney coach for the Ponderosa High School Mock Trial Team. For many years, she volunteered at Green Valley School and with the Girl Scouts of America. She is also a member of the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis International, Placerville Chapter.
She and her husband, Bob, a captain with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, have two children. Their son, who completed a tour in Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Army for three years, was recently honorably discharged and now attends college full-time. Their daughter is a freshman at a local high school.