The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors has returned to being an all-Democrat panel.
Incumbent Jay Wickham and newcomer Ann McDonough on Tuesday garnered the two highest vote totals of four candidates vying for two positions on the board.
Wickham received 20,684 votes and McDonough, 19,391, topping Republican incumbent Daryl Klein, who garnered 18,611, and Republican challenger Curt Kiessling, who got 14,069.
Voter turnout in Dubuque County was 66 percent.
Wickham, 52, the current board chairman, was appointed to the board in March 2016 following the death of Tom Hancock. He was elected that November to fill the remaining two years of Hancock’s term.
He said he is thankful for being elected to another term on the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors. With the next four years, he hopes to continue what he describes as a county going in the right direction.
“We’ve got a lot of good things to play off of right now,” he said. “We have an opportunity to reduce the tax burden on our residents without lowering the quality of our services.”
Wickham said he looks forward to working with McDonough, noting that he believes an all-Democrat board shouldn’t have an impact on how it is run.
“I never saw partisanship on the board,” Wickham said. “I don’t think her coming on will change any of that.”
McDonough, 56, is co-owner of Plane Art Designs and was the former managing attorney for the Iowa Legal Aid office in Dubuque. She also is president of the charitable McDonough Foundation and is on the Clarke University Board of Trustees.
She will be the first woman in eight years to take a seat on the board. She will be sworn into office in January.
Multiple attempts to reach her for comment on Tuesday night were unsuccessful.
Klein, 59, has spent eight years on the Board of Supervisors, having been the first Republican elected to that role in nearly 60 years.
“I thought I ran a good campaign and I have no regrets,” he said.
Klein acknowledged that he didn’t know what to expect coming into Tuesday.
“Nothing this year surprises me in politics,” Klein said. “I thought I represented the taxpayers well.”
He added that he accepts the results.
“That is the voters’ will,” Klein said. “That is life in politics.”
Kiessling, 59, served eight years on the Asbury City Council and lost a re-election bid in 2017. He also previously ran for the Board of Supervisors in 2010 and 2016, losing both bids.
He said Tuesday night that this likely will be his last run for a countywide seat.
“I’m going to back away from county politics,” he said.