Two applicants have been nominated by the 7th Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the position of District Judge Charles Pelton, who retired in August.

Nominated are Harold J. DeLange II of Davenport and Mark R. Lawson of Bellevue. The nominations have been presented to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady.

DeLange graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1976. He has been in private practice in Davenport since that time.

Lawson graduated from Drake University Law School in 1979. He has been in private practice in Maquoketa since that time. He has served as a Jackson County magistrate since January 2010. He also has served for varying periods as city attorney for Bellevue, Maquoketa and Sabula.

Pelton, a native of Clinton, was appointed to the bench in 1974. He graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1966. In addition to practicing law, he served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1966-1972 and chaired the OSHA Review Commission for one year.

Branstad has 30 days to appoint one of the nominees to the district court bench.

The 7th Judicial District is comprised of Scott, Clinton, Cedar, Jackson and Muscatine counties.

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