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Wisconsin judicial elections, 2014
Total candidates: 52
Incumbents: 41
Unopposed: 39
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The Wisconsin judicial elections are consistently some of the earliest in the nation, concluding in April. In 2014, the following counties saw contested judicial elections for the circuit courts: Dunn, Florence, Forest, Jefferson, Milwaukee and Waupaca.

Election dates

  • January 7: Filing deadline
  • February 18: Primary
  • April 1: General election[1]

In addition to candidate lists, this page includes information about how the state's judicial elections work, as well as articles about notable news in races across the state.

Appellate courts

Wisconsin Court of Appeals District I

Unopposed  Judge Patricia Curley (Seat 1)

Wisconsin Court of Appeals District II

Unopposed  Judge Lisa Neubauer (Seat 1)

Wisconsin Court of Appeals District IV

Unopposed  Judge Gary Sherman (Seat 1)


Circuit courts

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BarronChippewaDaneDodgeDunnEau ClaireFlorence/ForestFond du LacJeffersonJuneauKenoshaMarathonMarinetteMenominee/ShawanoMilwaukeeOneidaOutagamiePolkPriceRacineRockSt. CroixWashingtonWaukeshaWaupacaWood

Barron County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Maureen Boyle (Branch 3)
Unopposed  Judge Michael Bitney (Branch 2)

Chippewa County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Roderick Cameron (Branch 1)
Unopposed  Judge Steven Cray (Branch 3)

Dane County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge John Markson (Branch 1)
Unopposed  Judge William Hanrahan (Branch 7)

Dodge County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Brian A. Pfitzinger (Branch 1)

Dunn County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Branch 1
CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
MayerChristina M. Mayer No39.8%ApprovedA48.4%   DefeatedD
PetersonJames M. PetersonApprovedANo45.3%ApprovedA51.5%   ApprovedA
HillestadRoger M. Hillestad No14.9% 

Eau Claire County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Kristina Bourget (Branch 1)
Unopposed  Judge Michael Schumacher (Branch 2)

Florence/Forest Counties Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Seat 1
CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
Kennedy, Jr.Robert A. Kennedy, Jr. No37.0%   DefeatedD
StenzLeon StenzApprovedAYes63.0%   ApprovedA

Jefferson County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Branch 3
CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
WambachDave WambachApprovedAYes57.6%   ApprovedA
MillerJoann Miller No42.4%   DefeatedD

Juneau County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Paul Curran (Branch 2)

Kenosha County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Bruce Schroeder (Branch 3)

Marathon County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge LaMont Jacobson (Branch 3)

Marinette County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge David Miron (Branch 1)

Menominee/Shawano County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge James Habeck (Branch 1)

Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Thomas J. McAdams (Branch 7)
Unopposed  Judge William Brash (Branch 21)
Unopposed   Janet Claire Protasiewicz (Branch 24)
Unopposed  Judge Kevin Martens (Branch 27)
Unopposed  Judge Daniel Noonan (Branch 31)
Branch 32
CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
PerezLaura Gramling PerezApprovedANo59%   ApprovedA
CornwallCedric Cornwall No41%   DefeatedD
Unopposed  Judge Rebecca Dallet (Branch 40)
Unopposed  Judge John DiMotto (Branch 41)

Oneida County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Patrick O'Melia (Branch 1)

Outagamie County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Nancy Krueger (Branch 2)
Unopposed  Judge Mitchell Metropulos (Branch 3)

Price County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Douglas Fox (Seat 1)

Racine County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Charles Constantine (Branch 7)

St. Croix County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Eric Lundell (Branch 1)
Unopposed  Judge Howard Cameron (Branch 4)

Washington County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge James Muehlbauer (Branch 2)

Waukesha County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Lee Dreyfus (Branch 5)
Unopposed  Judge Patrick Haughney (Branch 6)

Waupaca County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Branch 2
CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
JelinskiEdmund J. Jelinski No22.3% 
ClussmanVicki Taggatz ClussmanApprovedANo24.8%ApprovedA57.5%   ApprovedA
SteckbauerKeith A. Steckbauer Yes29.8%ApprovedA42.3%   DefeatedD
FreemanBrenda Starr Freeman No21.1% 

Wood County Circuit Court, Wisconsin

Unopposed  Judge Gregory Potter (Branch 1)


Process

Judges in Wisconsin participate in non-partisan elections. Wisconsin is one of four states that hold judicial elections every year, along with Louisiana, New York and Ohio.[2][3]

Primary election

A primary is held on the third Tuesday in February to nominate judicial candidates for the spring election. Candidates seeking election must file by December 1 preceding the spring general election.[2] A primary is required to be held if more than two candidates file for nomination to the supreme court, the same district of an appellate court or for the same branch of a circuit court.[2] If the number of candidates for office does not exceed twice the number to be elected to the office a primary is not held and all the candidates will appear on the ballot in the spring election.[2] The two candidates who receive the most votes in a primary race advance to the general election.[4]

General election

A spring election is held on the first Tuesday in April.[2]

In the news

The following articles were current as of the dates listed, though new developments may not be included.

See also

External links

References

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