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.
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