Rusty McGuire

McGuire became Louisa's prosecutor in 2012 after serving as the county's deputy commonwealth's attorney from 2008 to 2011. He was re-elected in 2015. 

McGuire attended Virginia Military Institute and Thomas Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University.

Below are McGuire's answers to questions from the CV about his campaign:

When were you first elected commonwealth’s attorney?

I started prosecuting over 20 years ago. Tom Garrett hired me to come with him to Louisa in 2008. I am honored the citizens of Louisa elected me in 2011 to replace Mr. Garrett.

Describe briefly your educational background and work experience before you became Louisa’s prosecutor. 

I dropped out of high school at 17 and joined the Army. My drill sergeants put me on the path of personal responsibility and accountability. I went back to school and earned a law degree. Before Tom Garrett hired me in Louisa I worked as a local, state and federal prosecutor. I also served a few years as a full-time professor at Virginia Union University. I remain in the Virginia Army National Guard after 31 years.

How would you describe your philosophy in prosecuting criminal cases? 

We work with the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office to ensure justice for the victims of crime and ensure violent criminals and repeat offenders do not continue to victimize our neighbors.

Some neighboring localities have created drug and mental health courts as a means of addressing certain cases. What are the pros and cons of this approach?

Addressing addiction is something we address regularly. The media makes you think people go to prison for being caught with a joint. However, the reality is the Code of Virginia allows the court to dismiss first-time drug offenses for everything from marijuana to heroin if treatment is completed. We approach these cases individually by ensuring addicts get treatment for opiates. Successful treatment results in reduced or dismissed charges.

Are there any changes you foresee in the next four years that will improve the process of administering justice in Louisa?

For the first time in 20 years Louisa will have a new sheriff. We look forward to working with the next administration to ensure the continued success of Sheriff Fortune’s administration.