Three finalists named for Iowa Supreme Court vacancy

By: - March 6, 2020 5:52 pm

The Iowa Judicial Building. (Photo courtesy of Iowa Judicial Branch)

The State Judicial Nominating Commission on Friday narrowed the pool of Iowa Supreme Court justice applicants down to three and now it’s up to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to make the final decision on who will take a seat on the state’s highest court.

The commission, which is made up of lawyers and Reynolds’ appointees, nominated Mary Elizabeth Chicchelly, David May and Michael McDermott to serve on the court. The seat is being vacated by Justice David Wiggins, who announced he is resigning from the court in March.

This will be Reynolds’ fourth Supreme Court pick and one that comes under scrutiny after a new law passed in 2019 giving her more control over the nominating commission.

Below are the three nominees:

Mary Elizabeth Chicchelly

Age: 52

Home: Cedar Rapids

Occupation: District Court Judge for Iowa’s Sixth Judicial District

David May

Age: 48

Home: Polk City

Occupation: Iowa Appeals Court Judge

Matthew McDermott

Age: 42

Home: West Des Moines

Occupation: Attorney at Belin McCormick, P.C. in Des Moines

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