UpFront: Race for State Supreme Court seat getting crowded
Two candidates are now looking to unseat a sitting State Supreme Court Justice. The final election is in April of 2018. Gableman has not said whether he's going to run for re-election, but if he does, he'll have competition, unlike Justice Annette Ziegler who was unopposed in this year's Supreme Court election.
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State Supreme Court races are officially nonpartisan.
While both Madison lawyer Tim Burns and Milwaukee Judge Rebecca Dallet were courting Democratic votes, they took decidedly different approaches. Burns presented himself as a proud progressive while Dallet stressed the need for judicial candidates to remain independent.
Both candidates are seeking the Supreme Court seat currently held by Justice Michael Gableman, a member of the court’s 5-2 conservative majority who enjoyed strong support from Republicans in his 2008 election.
"We cannot get back to fair and impartial courts without recognizing a brutal truth," Burns told Democrats. "The political values of judges matter. Republicans know that."
Burns said conservative judges like Gableman had been "chipping away" at laws that protect democracy and the middle class.
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The most depressing part about Ziegler running unopposed in April was it seemed Wisconsin had given up on ever restoring judicial integrity to its Supreme Court.
The only way to reverse the corrupt imbalance on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court—or the Republican majority in Congress dishonestly promising health care for all as it votes to destroy it—is one candidate at a time. That means fielding strong candidates and voting in every election, especially in lower-turnout, non-presidential years.
It’s encouraging that Madison attorney Tim Burns, who chairs the American Bar Association committee on impartial courts, has already announced his candidacy against the sleazy Gableman in 2018.