Jay was born in Dubuque and has been a life-long resident of Dubuque County. Jay is a graduate of Western Dubuque High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Jay lives in rural Dubuque with his wife, Renae, and 3 kids, Julia, Alex and Avery.
Jay co-founded the software start-up company, Cartegraph Systems in 1994. Cartegraph started in the basement of a home and grew into a nationally recognized company, providing software and service to local governments across the United States and providing local employment to over 100 professionals. Jay is currently the Executive Director of the NICC-StartUp Dubuque program through the Iowa Small Business Development Center in Dubuque.
Jay was appointed to the supervisor position in March 2016 and re-elected in the 2016 General Election, receiving over 33,000 votes. Starting in January 2017, Jay was elected to serve as the chairperson of the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors and was reelected as Chair in 2018.
Alex, Jay, Renae, Julia, Avery
Priorities & Accomplishments
Jay is committed to the health, safety and prosperity of the Dubuque County residents.
Lowered Dubuque County’s property tax levy, the first significant reduction in over 20 years with no change in services.
Proactive Support for existing businesses and their needs. Established the first Dubuque County zoning approval for home-based business.
Secured budget funding for the development of a new 911 system that will ensure a safe and reliable 911 system for the next decade.
Saved 200 high paying jobs by investing in the new $30 million Flexsteel plan.
Created 2 new Dubuque County conservation parks adding over 230 acres for the next generation to enjoy. Collaborated with John Deere Dubuque Works and the TIMBR group to acquire over $1 million in property.
Full support of the sheriff’s office and jail operations. Provided new funding for 10 new sheriff patrol cars.
Jay in the news.
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