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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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