- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) - The Lee County attorney has acknowledged that he was convicted of drunken driving in 2002 and 2005 while attending Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.

Ross Braden he “cannot justify the actions of a 19-21-year-old college student, who thought he knew it all.”

The 34-year-old Braden was sworn in Feb. 21 to complete the remainder of Mike Short’s term. Braden and Assistant Lee County Attorney Clinton Boddicker will be on the special election ballot May 2 as candidates to permanently succeed Short.

The arrest information first surfaced in an anonymous letter supporting Boddicker, who declined to comment.

Braden says he’d expected his past to come up. He says: “Have I done something about it to better myself? Yes.”

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