Samantha Cerutti Wacker has announced that she is running as a Republican candidate for Franklin County prosecuting attorney.
“This community has been my home for over 40 years,” Wacker explained. “I feel strongly about protecting it and the people of this community. Because of my particular background, I believe there is a lot I can do to achieve that.”
Wacker graduated from Washington High School in 1993 and was a class valedictorian.
She attended Saint Louis University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in business administration, followed by her Juris Doctorate and simultaneously her master’s degree in an unrelated field, health administration.
Wacker has since practiced law for over 17 years.
“My legal background is very broad,” Wacker said. “It gives me the ability to see cases from both a prosecution and defense point of view. That makes me stronger and better able to follow up and prosecute a case.”
Wacker added she has a great deal of respect for the police officers of Franklin County.
“I want to work with them and support their hard work with quality prosecution,” she said. “They deserve that.”
She added she wants to use her business training to focus resources especially on violent crime and to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic.
“I am also absolutely committed to seeing that crime victims and their families will be treated with dignity, respect and compassion at all times,” she said. “That’s the least we can do.”
Initially, Wacker served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Franklin County, where among other things, she tripled the number of convictions for violent crimes against women and teenage girls.
Turning to private practice, she handled cases in the areas of divorce, custody, court-appointed representation of children as a guardian, adoption, mediation, commercial law and criminal defense.
Wacker has represented indigent clients seeking orders of protection through Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and has donated her time for persons living in poverty through the Volunteer Lawyer Program.
Wacker also has served as a planning and zoning commissioner for the city of Washington since 2004.
She has appeared in programs for continuing legal education for other lawyers and currently serves as a legal counsel for Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments (ALIVE) and has been on the organization’s board of directors.
Wacker also has found time to be involved in the Archdiocese of St. Louis child and elder abuse program, Protecting God’s Children.
She is an active member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington. She and her husband, Trent, live in Washington with their three children, and their niece.
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