Jun 11, 2021 - News
Two candidates rush into Polk County attorney race
Laura Roan (left) and Kimberly Graham (right), both two candidates who recently announced they're running for Polk County attorney.
Laura Roan (left) and Kimberly Graham (right) announced they're running for Polk County attorney yesterday. Photos courtesy of Roan and Graham

Two Democratic candidates announced a run for Polk County Attorney Thursday, less than a day after John Sarcone said he isn't seeking reelection this year.

About the candidates:

  • Kimberly Graham is a Des Moines attorney who began mulling a run earlier this year.
  • Laura Roan is an assistant Polk County attorney. She was in the staff meeting when Sarcone announced he's not running.

Why it matters: As the chief law enforcement officer in the county, the position shapes the direction of civil and criminal prosecution.

  • Whoever gets the gig will likely bring policy change.

Background: Sarcone, a Democrat, has been in the job for 30 years.

  • The 72-year-old told KCCI-TV he wants to spend more time with his family.
  • He faced backlash in recent months over prosecution linked with the arrests of civil rights protesters last year, including a journalist who was acquitted of charges.

What they're saying: Both Graham and Roan want to focus more on prosecuting violent crime.

💭 Our thought bubble: A lot will happen in the coming months. But you can bank on more candidates coming forward, including some from the GOP.

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