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Tim Burns, Supreme Court candidate, stumps in Ashland

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Tim Burns was in Ashland earlier this week on a campaign swing through northern Wisconsin.

Burns, an unabashed liberal, said he was campaigning for the Supreme Court seat being vacated by conservative justice Mike Gableman. That seat has a scheduled primary election on Feb. 20, 2018, and a general election on April 3, 2018.

Thus far, there are three candidates for the position — Burns, a Madison attorney; Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet; and Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock.

Dallet is seen as a centrist candidate while Screnock is a conservative who said the late conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was the justice he admired most.

On the other hand, Burns said he was a progressive who supported unions and reproductive choice and strong environmental protection.

Burns said he was the grandson of a Mississippi sharecropper, whose father and mother were both forced out of school by poverty.

“I grew up at the greatest time for working families in this country,” he said. “I was able to work hard and get a full scholarship to law school.”