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Primary Preview: 3 Candidates Running for Milwaukee Judge

A prosecutor and a private law civil litigator are challenging Gov. Scott Walker appointee Rebecca Bradley for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 45 seat.

Three candidates are vying for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 45 seat, held by Judge Rebecca Bradley.

The non-partisan Feb. 19 primary election will be contested among Bradley; Janet Protasiewicz, an assistant district attorney; and Gil Urfer, a private practice attorney.

The two candidates to get the most votes will appear in the April election ballot.

Rebecca Bradley

Gov. Scott Walker appointed Bradley, veteran Federalist Society leader, in November 2012 after Judge Tom Donegan retired.

The Wauwatosa resident has spent her legal career in private practice, most recently as a business litigator with the firm Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

According to her website, Bradley volunteered her services to families of developmentally disabled youth in guardianship proceedings.

"I grew up in the City of Milwaukee and have resided in Milwaukee County most of my life," Bradley said in her website. "Like many families, my family and I have experienced crime first hand. I am committed to the safety of every person who lives, works or goes to school in Milwaukee County."

She’s been endorsed by the Milwaukee Police Association, the Milwaukee Professional Firefighters and Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander, among others, reported Shepherd Express.

Janet Protasiewicz

Protasiewicz, a resident of Franklin, was a finalist when Walker was choosing someone to take over Donegan’s seat, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Marquette Law School graduate has been a Milwaukee County prosecutor for nearly 25 years in both civil and criminal court.

She prosecutes violent felonies and teaches trial advocacy at Marquette University Law School, reported the Shepeherd Express.

"In sentencing a defendant found guilty of a crime, I will look at the seriousness of the offense, the character and rehabilitative needs of the defendant, the rights of the victim to have Justice served and to the protect the citizens of Milwaukee County from further harm by the defendant," said Protasiewicz on her website.

She’s been endorsed by AFSCME District 48, Senate Democrats Chris Larson and Tim Carpenter and Milwaukee County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic, among others, reported Shepherd Express.

Gil Urfer

The Wauwatosa resident spent five years an assistant district attorney and as the team captain of the office’s domestic violence unit for almost two years.

Urfer, who was also considered when Donegan retired, currently practices private law as a civil litigator at Nistler Law Office, s.c., reported the Shepherd Express. 

"In my career I have represented a wide variety of clients," Urfer said on his website. "I’ve fought for vulnerable crime victims and represented highly successful businesses. The size of the case or the relative strength of the litigants does not matter—what matters is that the court apply the law to all the parties correctly and consistently."

He's been endorsed by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, Milwaukee County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic and Assembly Democrats Evan Goyke, Jon Richards and Christine Sinicki, among others, reported the Shepherd Express.

Patriot February 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM
The real choice is clear. Rebecca Bradley a True Conservative!!! One whom is a strong supporter for the rights of self defense, meaning the 2nd Amendment
southside Johnny February 16, 2013 at 05:17 AM
Ms. Protasiewicz. claims a reputation for integrity, and seems to run with the support of some of this cities worst career politicians and has the support of some of the biggest lets make a deal defense lawyers. Ms Protasiewicz, has a reputation around the court house as someone who will do just about anything to become a judge, she even married one, a few years back-in a blatant attempt at getting ahead, if memory serves me he was quite a bit older. Through her less than moral actions she has led to the break up of otherwise happy families, these are not qualities we need in our judges, integrity is something Ms Protasiewicz lacks, and coupled with her other shortcomings should cause one to pause, before casting a vote in her direction. Ms Protasiewicz was a conservative, then a liberal ,and now whatever the situation dictates. This is someone who has been a career government worker, it's time to put this candidate under the microscope. Every vote counts, and I hope you vote for a candidate with some integrity, someone who has not sold their soul for power and prestige. One need only ask around the Courthouse to find the real Janet Protasiewicz and the lack of integrity that she has built her reputation on.
Mary February 17, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Unfortunately Gil is a flip flopper. He's told people he's conservative and told people he's a Dem. what is it Gil?
J H RDH February 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Sounds like slander. She is highly qualified!
Spirited1 February 19, 2013 at 05:14 AM
southside Johnny, you've made some serious accusations with nothing to back them up. I don't know any of these candidates, but your rant has only made you appear vindictive and is completely unpersuasive.

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