Dubuque County Democrats now know which candidate will represent the party in its bid to retain the top spot in the county attorney’s office.
C.J. May III bested Ry Meyer during Tuesday’s Democratic primary election and will face Republican Scott Nelson in the fall general election. County Attorney Ralph Potter, a Democrat, is retiring.
Meanwhile, Democrats Ann McDonough and Jay Wickham will vie for county supervisor seats in the general election in November.
May received 4,535 votes, or 54 percent, while Meyer garnered 3,889 votes.
May, 59, said he was happy with the outcome of the race and thanked voters for their support. He also thanked Meyer for running in the primary.
“This is all about moving forward for the county and doing good things for the people that got us this far,” he said.
May has operated The May Law Firm since 1996, with his practice including local and federal-level criminal cases, as well as civil law.
He is the contracted city attorney for several Dubuque County cities, handling such duties as legal opinions and prosecuting traffic and municipal ordinance violations.
Meyer, 37, has been a prosecutor for the Dubuque County Attorney’s Office for more than two years. Prior to that, he spent two years as a prosecutor in Clayton County. He also is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Meyer’s focus has primarily been prosecuting sexual abuse cases, though he also has served as co-council in three murder trials.
Meyer congratulated May on his victory and said he will continue to work to keep Dubuque County residents safe as an assistant county attorney. He said he looks toward party unification for the general elections.
If he wins the general election and becomes Meyer’s boss, May did not foresee that having run against him would become an issue.
“I would certainly hope that whatever has transpired is put in the past and we all move forward collectively,” May said.
McDonough, 56, of Asbury, is the co-owner of Plane Art Designs and has worked as an attorney and a teacher. She also is president of the charitable McDonough Foundation.
With 5,564 votes in her favor, McDonough said she was “humbled” to get the most votes of the candidates and looks forward to meeting more voters ahead of the general election.
“There’s many, many people that I haven’t met,” she said.
Wickham, 52, of rural Dubuque, currently serves as the chairman of the board of supervisors, having been appointed to the board in March 2016 and winning a two-year term in the November 2016 general election.
He co-founded the software firm Cartegraph and currently is the regional director for the Small Business Development Center at Northeast Iowa Community College.
Wickham received 3,832 votes. He said voters “had three good candidates” for the office, and he’s prepared for his re-election effort.
“For me, I think it’s convincing and reaching out to all Dubuque County voters, that I’m a good choice to continue with another four years helping lead the county,” he said.
Oberbroeckling, 56, has been the mayor of Luxemburg for more than 14 years. He is a carpenter with P&J Construction and serves as the president of the New Vienna-Luxemburg Fire Association.
Oberbroeckling received 2,823 votes. He said he thought it was a good campaign all around and that he wished McDonough and Wickham “the best of luck.”
Wickham and McDonough will face Republican Curt Kiessling in the general election.
Incumbent Republican Supervisor Daryl Klein did not register as a Republican, though he said he could still be nominated by the Dubuque County Republican Party through a convention or he can run as a nonparty candidate.
Klein previously said he will make a decision on being a candidate after the primary election.