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Kolpin wins attorney race

Monday, July 23, 2007

Ryan Kolpin
Ryan Kolpin, an Aurelia-based attorney and former magistrate, won a special election for Cherokee County Attorney on Tuesday by a vote of 1,422 to 401 over James Tiernan, Jr.

The position of Cherokee County Attorney went from part-time to full-time as of Jan. 1 of this year.

No one was on the ballot for the position in November. No one ran for nomination to the position in the June primary and no one petitioned to be on the ballot as an independent.

The supervisors advertised for the position, interviewed applicants and subsequently hired Jamie Bowers, a former federal prosecutor. In March, Bowers informed the supervisors of his intent to resign but agreed to stay on while another attorney was being sought.

Again the supervisors sought applicants and conducted interviews. James Tiernan, Jr., was hired as county attorney. He initially started as assistant county attorney on May 22 and began duties as the county attorney on June 1.

A petition seeking a special election for county attorney began circulating soon after Tiernan assumed office. The reason cited for the petition was that Kolpin was a lifelong resident of Cherokee County while Tiernan came to the area just recently.

Kolpin explained that the reason he did not run for county attorney last year was because of commitments of the law firm that he and his wife, Lori, operate in Aurelia as well as Lori's commitments in Buena Vista County. She is also an attorney. Their situation regarding the commitments in Buena Vista County has since changed.

Kolpin is a 1987 graduate of Aurelia High School. He received his bachelor's degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids with a double major in Math and Computer Science.

Kolpin attended law school at Creighton University in Omaha. He first passed the Bar in Nebraska and practiced there for a short time before passing the Iowa Bar and beginning work at the Miller Law firm in Cherokee.

The Kolpins have six children and a foster child.

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors will canvass the election results on Tuesday.

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