Mike Wolf

Party: Republican

Age: 46

Residence: Clinton

Occupation: Clinton County Attorney

Political experience: Elected Clinton County Attorney in 1998 and 2002 (Eight-year incumbent Clinton County Attorney)

Education: Diploma, University of Heidelberg, Germany (1983); B.A./ Teacher’s Certificate, University of Iowa (1985); J.D. University of Iowa College of Law (1988)

Family: Wife, Dr. Margaret Wolf; two boys who are 15 and 11 and one girl who is 7.

What are the three most important issues in this race?

Experience, leadership and results.

What is your approach to these issues?

• Successfully obtaining nine murder convictions.

• Cooperating in a teamwork approach with local law enforcement, the Iowa Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney. This comes at no additional cost to the county.

• Taking profit out of crime.

• Fighting for victims’ rights and compensation.

• Prisoners paying for room, board and medical expenses.

• Teaming with firefighters to convict arsonists.

• Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence Award for dedication in ending violence against women and children.

Experience in governmental administration is vital to protect against liability:

• Counseling our county in legal matters, including labor law, for nearly 10 years.

• Writing and enforcing our county ordinances, including the child lead ordinance.


• Implementing a Public Guardian program to address medical needs and care decisions.

• Developing a Meth Reduction/Prevention Program as well as innovative prosecution procedures.

• Schools — fighting truancy and planning for school safety.

• Community mental health center — transition from Gannon to Bridgeview.

How do you differ from your opponent?

My opponent failed to bring any charges in a brutal murder that occurred in Clinton in 1992. For seven years, he and Larry Schultz had evidence Kenneth Orte murdered Evelyn Decker. While my opponent did nothing, Orte continued to commit home burglaries, and was even responsible for the deaths of two other people while he remained free. Using the same evidence that my opponent sat on, I successfully indicted and convicted Orte of murder.

My opponent never used the grand jury to indict criminals. Grand Jury charges have lead to convictions of a murderer, child sex offenders, drug dealers and other violent offenders since I took office.

My opponent claims the Iowa Attorney General’s assistance in murder prosecutions costs Clinton County. He is dead wrong. The assistance comes at absolutely no cost to Clinton County. All Iowa counties have been assisted for free since the 1970s.

My opponent claims other costs such as union negotiations and drainage district fees the County Attorney has no legal authority to decide or do. By law, the supervisors handle union negotiations. By law, the landowners pay their own attorney fees.

Bruce A. Ingham

Party: Democratic

Age: 55

Residence: 203 Cragmor Drive, Clinton

Occupation: Trial lawyer

Political experience: None

Education: B.A., Indiana State University, 1976; J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, 1981

Family: Married to Kay since 1978; sons Andy, 22, a senior at the University of Iowa, and Alex, 19, a sophomore at the University of Iowa

Web site: www.bruceingham.com

What are the three most important issues in this race?

1. Experience

2. Money

3. Leadership

What is your approach to these issues?

1. I have 25 years’ experience in the courtroom, 17 of them as a prosecuting attorney in four eastern Iowa counties. I believe the active prosecution of crime is the primary duty of the County Attorney and have the proven skills to do that job.

2. I will do the work in house using existing staff. There are six full-time lawyers in the county attorney’s office. Properly managed, that staff should be fully capable of meeting the needs of the taxpayers of Clinton County for the foreseeable future.

3. I have regularly mentored less experienced lawyers, bringing out the best in both them and myself so as to handle the duties of the county attorney’s office in a timely, efficient manner.

How do you differ from your opponent?

1. My opponent routinely hires outside help to handle work that should be done by staff attorneys in the office. He has had eight years to learn to do the job and manage others for peak efficiency and has not done so.

2. My opponent has spent $100,000 over the past eight years hiring outside counsel to handle work, such as labor negotiations and major felony prosecutions, that should be handled in house. I will save Clinton County taxpayers money by proper hiring and management practices so that the County Attorney’s office they are paying for is capable of doing the work assigned to it by Iowa law.

3. Taking credit for the work of others, such as the Iowa Attorney General’s office, shows poor leadership skills. I will hire the best people, provide the best training including by example, and credit the work to the proper individuals.

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