By Kyle Maichle, Editor of Wisconsin Election Watch,
MADISON – The candidate field for Wisconsin’s judicial elections in 2014 are set as the nominating deadline passed on Tuesday.
There are three seats to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals up for election in Districts one, two, and four. Those three seats will go unopposed as Gary Sherman, Lisa Neubauer, and Patricia Curley will likely win another six year term to the state’s intermediate appeals court.
At the circuit court level, a total of 41 judgeships will be up for election in 2014. Only a few judgeships will have fully contested races. There are three fully-contested elections that are intended to fill vacant seats. Those are in Waupaca County Branch 2 where four candidates are vying to become the county’s new judge, Milwaukee County Branch 32 where Laura Gramling Perez and Cedric Cornwall will battle to replace outgoing judge Michael Goulee, and three candidates are battling to fill a vacant seat in Dunn County Branch 1.
Other contested judgeships include the Florence-Forest Circuit Court where incumbent judge Leon Stenz will face a challenge from Robert A. Kennedy, Jr. of Crandon. Also, David Wambach who was appointed by Governor Scott Walker in 2013 to Branch 2 of the Jefferson County Court will face a challenge from JoAnn Miller of Jefferson.
Notable judges that will run unopposed in 2014 include Gregory Potter of Wood County and James Daley of Rock County. The two judges have been mentioned in documents relating to a John Doe investigation of conservative groups that is ongoing. Also, Lee S. Dreyfus, Jr., the son of the late Wisconsin Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus will be running unopposed in Waukesha County.
Editor's Note-Our article can be found at: http://wisconsinelectionwatch.com/12745/wisconsin-judicial-candidates-set-2014-spring-election/