Edwin Consolvo, an assistant commonwealth attorney in Louisa, announced his candidacy for Greene County’s Commonwealth Attorney on Tuesday to a crowd of approximately 50 people in front of the courthouse.
Consolvo emphasized the need for a strong relationship between the sheriff’s office and commonwealth attorney’s office in his announcement.
“Law enforcement is a team effort. Law enforcement involves the citizens, you all, a vital component,” he said. “There are two other vital team members. The first are the brave men and women of the sheriff’s office. These deputies are tasked with investigating crimes and charging people accused of crimes. The other team member is the office of the commonwealth attorney. The commonwealth attorney is responsible for prosecuting those people that have been charged and providing some legal guidance. To be successful this team has to work together.”
Greene County Sheriff Steve Smith, who is seeking re-election for his third term this November, will be campaigning alongside Consolvo. Both are running as independents.
“This is not about politics. It’s about the safety of our county and citizens and businesses and visitors that come here,” Smith said of the decision to campaign together. “He prosecuted a special case up here and did a very good job on it. I was very impressed with him.”
Consolvo was appointed special prosecutor in the case against Guy Christopher Wilde. Wilde pleaded guilty in March to felony involuntary manslaughter and felony hit and run in the death of Andrew Yost last year. Sentencing is set for June 25.
Consolvo noted that after meeting people in the community while special prosecutor of the case, he fell in love with the community.
“I’d been coming over to Greene County since I started over in Louisa and it reminds me of Suffolk when I was kid. Suffolk is not like this at all anymore, and I missed that feeling,” Consolvo said. “I then came over for the special prosecution and started meeting people in the community and really just fell in love with the community and thought that I could do some good here.”
Consolvo graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1995 and attended University of Richmond’s law school where he graduated in 2003. From 2003-09, Consolvo worked at the Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney’s Office before being appointed Chief Magistrate for the City of Norfolk. He was also appointed Chief Magistrate of Portsmouth, Accomack and Northampton in 2012. Consolvo has served as an assistant commonwealth attorney in Louisa since 2017.