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Clinton Boddicker

Stacy Weber

Ross Braden experienced deja vu Tuesday morning as he took the oath of office as Lee County Attorney for the second time in less than twelve months. Braden said he is excited for the opportunity to return to the job.

The Lee County Board on Tuesday accepted the resignation of County Attorney Clinton Boddicker, who is stepping down after being appointed a District Associate Judge in southeast Iowa. Boddicker told the board that his successor should be Assistant County Attorney Ross Braden.

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Gary Noneman, who serves as District Associate Judge for South Lee County, is retiring next month after 30 years on the bench. Seven people applied to replace him, including a pair of southeast Iowa prosecutors.

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The two highest-ranking members of the Lee County Attorney's office officially traded jobs this week, making Clinton Boddicker the county's third lead prosecutor in 2017.

Early voting is underway in Lee County ahead of the May 2 special election. The ballot includes a contested race for county attorney between current prosecutor Ross Braden of West Point and assistant county attorney Clinton Boddicker of Keokuk.