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Local Applicants for Iowa Supreme Court

Twelve people from across the state have applied for a vacancy on the Iowa Supreme Court. It's due to the recent death of Chief Justice Mark Cady.

And the list includes:

- Joel Barrows from Bettendorf, a District Court Judge in the 7th Judicial District,

- and Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren, from Letts.

All 12 applicants will be interviewed on January 9th by the State Judicial Nominating Commission. It will then select three nominees for consideration by the governor. She will have up to one month to appoint the new justice. 

Barrows has served as a judge since 2012, and prior to that worked as an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa for 12 years. 

Ostergren first worked as an Assistant County Attorney from 1997 until 2010, when he was elected Muscatine County Attorney.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.