El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister has endorsed veteran criminal prosecutor Vicki Ashworth for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 1.
“Vicki Ashworth will be an outstanding judge,” said Phimister. “She is a talented legal professional whose proven integrity and experience will serve our courts well.”
Judge Phimister joins El Dorado County Superior Court Judges Wagoner and Proud in supporting Ashworth for judge. Retired Judge Tim Buckley, who sits regularly by assignment as a visiting judge in El Dorado County, has also recently joined these judges in endorsing Ashworth.
With more than 16 years of experience successfully prosecuting cases ranging from sexual assault to special-circumstance homicide, Ashworth is also endorsed by retired El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Eddie Keller, the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the Mountain Democrat and Village Life, fellow prosecutors, investigators, law enforcement and community leaders, attorneys, and many local residents.
“I am honored by the support of these highly respected jurists who feel I will be a true asset to the community on the bench. Being fair and impartial while protecting victims’ rights is of the utmost importance to me,” said Ashworth.
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.
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.