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Wisconsin judicial elections, 2015

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Wisconsin holds judicial elections every year and is one of the few states to do so. In 2015, a supreme court seat will be on the ballot in April, as Justice Ann Walsh Bradley seeks re-election. Additionally, there are contested circuit court races in the following counties: Columbia, Green, Jackson, La Crosse, Lafayette, Langlade, Racine, Rock, Sheboygan, Walworth, Waukesha.

Election dates

  • Filing deadline: January 6, 2015
  • Primary: February 17, 2015
  • General: April 7, 2015
Want to learn more about the judicial elections in Wisconsin? Check out the Wisconsin Supreme Court elections, 2015 page for an in-depth exploration of the candidates, issues, politics and news surrounding the state's high court races.

Primary

In Wisconsin's non-partisan judicial elections, a primary occurs if more than two candidates are running for the same position. Voters in Jackson, La Crosse, Lafayette, and Sheboygan counties saw circuit court races on the ballot for the February 17 primary election. In these races, the two candidates who received the most votes in the primary moved on to the general election. See below for results.[1]

The following candidates advanced to the general election after unofficial primary results were totaled (full results below):[2][3][4][5]

Jackson County Circuit Court:

La Crosse County Circuit Court:

Lafayette County Circuit Court:

Sheboygan County Circuit Court:

Candidates: Contested

Wisconsin Supreme Court

 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Ann Walsh Bradley Incumbent
James Daley
[7]

Wisconsin Court of Appeals District III

 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Kristina Bourget
Mark A. Seidl
[7]

Columbia County Circuit Court - Branch 1

 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Troy Cross
Todd D. Helper
[7]

Green County Circuit Court - Branch 1

 
General election, 2015
Candidate
James Beer Incumbent
Dan Gartzke
[7]

Jackson County Circuit Court

 
Primary election, 2015
Candidate Vote % Votes
BallotCheckMark.png Anna Becker Incumbent 38.2% 1,017
BallotCheckMark.png Daniel Diehn 30.3% 807
Robyn Matousek 11.4% 304
Mark A. Radcliffe 8.6% 229
James C. Ritland 5% 132
Michelle Greendeer (write-in) 6.6% 175
Total Votes 2,664
[7][12]
 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Anna Becker Incumbent
Daniel Diehn

La Crosse County Circuit Court - Branch 5

 
Primary election, 2015
Candidate Vote % Votes
BallotCheckMark.png Brian K. Barton 22.4% 1,462
BallotCheckMark.png Gloria L. Doyle 55.7% 3,639
Candice Tlustosch 22% 1,438
Total Votes 6,539
[7][14]
 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Brian K. Barton
Gloria L. Doyle

Lafayette County Circuit Court

 
Primary election, 2015
Candidate Vote % Votes
BallotCheckMark.png Kate Findley 21.1% 409
Gayle Jebbia 18% 349
BallotCheckMark.png Duane M. Jorgenson 46.2% 897
Guy M. Taylor 14.7% 285
Total Votes 1,940
[7][16]
 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Kate Findley
Duane M. Jorgenson

Langlade County Circuit Court

 
General election, 2015
Candidate
John Rhode
Ralph M. Uttke
[7]

Racine County Circuit Court - Branch 6

 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Tricia Hanson
David W. Paulson
[7]

Racine County Circuit Court - Branch 9

 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Allan Torhorst Incumbent
Joseph Seifert
[7]

Rock County Circuit Court - Branch 5

 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Mike Haakenson
David J. O'Leary
[7]

Sheboygan County Circuit Court - Branch 4

 
Primary election, 2015
Candidate Vote % Votes
BallotCheckMark.png Catherine Quirk Delahunt 41% 2,842
Matthew P. Mooney 18.6% 1,293
BallotCheckMark.png Rebecca Persick 40.4% 2,799
Total Votes 6,934
[7][22]
 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Catherine Quirk Delahunt
Rebecca Persick

Walworth County Circuit Court - Branch 3

 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Kristine E. Drettwan Incumbent
John W. Peterson
[7]

Waukesha County Circuit Court - Branch 8

 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Michael P. Maxwell
Ron Sonderhouse
[7]

Waukesha County Circuit Court - Branch 10

 
General election, 2015
Candidate
Linda Van De Water Incumbent
Paul Bugenhagen, Jr.
[7]

Candidates: Uncontested

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.[26][27]

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.[26] 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.[26] 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.[26] The two candidates who receive the most votes in a primary race advance to the general election.[28]

General election

A spring election is held on the first Tuesday in April.[26]

See also

External links

References

  1. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered 2015 Spring Election," January 8, 2015
  2. Jackson County, Wisconsin, "Election Results," February 17, 2015
  3. La Cross County Clerk, Wisconsin, "Unofficial Election Results Summary," February 17, 2015
  4. Lafayette County, Wisconsin, "Unofficial Primary Election Results," February 17, 2015
  5. Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, "2015 Spring Primary Unofficial Election Results," February 17, 2015
  6. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered 2015 Spring Election," January 8, 2015
  8. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  9. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  10. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  11. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  12. Jackson County, Wisconsin, "Election Results," February 17, 2015
  13. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  14. La Cross County Clerk, Wisconsin, "Unofficial Election Results Summary," February 17, 2015
  15. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  16. Lafayette County, Wisconsin, "Unofficial Primary Election Results," February 17, 2015
  17. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  18. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  19. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  20. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  21. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  22. Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, "2015 Spring Primary Unofficial Election Results," February 17, 2015
  23. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  24. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  25. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Ballot Access Checklist For 2015 Judicial Candidates," accessed December 18, 2015
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 Wisconsin Legislative Council, "Overview of the Election Law in Wisconsin," archived March 31, 2014
  27. Judgepedia.org, "Judicial Elections by State," accessed April 30, 2014
  28. American Judicature Society, "Methods of Judicial Selection: Wisconsin," accessed March 31, 2014
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