Republican incumbent Andy McKean will continue to represent Jackson, Jones and Dubuque counties at the Iowa Statehouse. The Anamosa candidate soundly defeated Democratic challenger Joe Oclon to retain control of the District 58 state representative seat in Tuesday’s general election.
In Jackson County, McKean garnered 5,752 votes (69 percent) to Oclon’s 2,567 (31 percent), according to unofficial results. District-wide, McKean received virtually the same percentage (69 to 31 percent), receiving 8,989 voted to Oclon’s 3,997.
“Serving the good people of Jackson, Jones, and Dubuque Counties has been a wonderful experience and the strong vote of confidence I received in every precinct in the election means a lot to me,” McKean said. “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to continue to represent the most beautiful district in Iowa.”
McKean has more than 25 years of public service under his belt in both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate. He served in the Iowa House from 1979-1993, and in the Iowa Senate from 1993-2003, where he was President Pro Tem and chair of the Judiciary Committee. In addition, McKean served as a Jones County supervisor for eight years and was one of the initial members of the Iowa Public Information Board.
McKean practiced law in Anamosa for 35 years before retiring in 2015. He and his wife Connie live on the edge of Anamosa and raised four children.
McKean said that working with both parties at the Statehouse is important, as is prioritizing the needs of the people his district.
“I do more than just talk about the need for bipartisanship. I have established a reputation for reaching across the aisle, working with both parties to develop legislation, and putting my district before party when making decisions on the critical issues facing Iowa,” McKean said.
Oclon could not be reached for comment as of press time.