April 5 election contains Wisconsin Courtroom of Appeals District II judgeship | WUWM 89.7 FM

One of many extra contentious elections this spring is for a state appeals court docket seat simply outdoors of Milwaukee County. District II of Wisconsin’s appellate court docket system is headquartered in Waukesha however bends from Sheboygan all the way down to Kenosha — protecting 12 jap counties in all.

The formally nonpartisan contest has taken on the partisan tone widespread to many Wisconsin judicial elections.

When Appellate Decide Paul Reilly resigned from District II final fall, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers selected Lori Kornblum for the seat. For 23 years, Kornblum was an assistant district legal professional in Milwaukee County. Then she was in non-public apply and taught legislation lessons.

At a candidate discussion board final week in West Bend, Kornblum stated she loves being an appeals decide and emphasised that she has spent her profession retaining communities protected.

“I used to be a prosecutor for greater than 20 years in Milwaukee, till 2014, bringing intercourse offenders and little one abusers to justice. I labored with legislation enforcement defending victims and youngsters,” she stated.

In her personal legislation agency, Kornblum says she advocated for individuals with disabilities, seniors and foster kids.

Kornblum’s opponent within the April 5 appellate election is Maria Lazar, who was first elected as a Waukesha County circuit decide seven years in the past. Lazar stated she’s pleased with her work there.

“I’ve a longtime, confirmed monitor document of written selections on the bench, and I have been affirmed over 90% of the time,” she stated.

Earlier than turning into a decide, Lazar was an assistant state legal professional basic and a personal apply lawyer specializing in enterprise and civil legislation instances.

However like many judicial elections as of late, even for the comparatively low profile state appeals court docket, the District II race is about greater than candidates with completely different authorized expertise.

The contenders are additionally recognized by the endorsements they spotlight and commercials they present.

Kornblum’s been endorsed by industrial and academics unions; State Supreme Courtroom Justice Rebecca Dallet, who’s thought of a liberal; and Democratic Legal professional Common Josh Kaul.

The Milwaukee police union endorses Lazar, and so do seven present or previous state supreme court docket justices who’re thought of conservatives, together with Michael Gableman. He is main a controversial probe of the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin.

Lazar lately began airing an ad that hyperlinks Kornblum to Milwaukee County District Legal professional John Chisholm. The DA has been within the headlines since final November, over the difficulty of bail in a previous case for Darrell Brooks, later accused of killing six individuals on the Waukesha vacation parade.

On digital camera, Lazar says, “I am operating towards Gov. Evers handpicked candidate, who labored for DA John Chisholm.”

Kornblum responded on the candidate discussion board. “I’d problem anybody to say that as a result of I labored for John Chisholm that I used to be personally accountable for the Waukesha parade tragedy. As a result of if that is what the Lazar supporters are saying, that’s simply lifeless improper,” she stated.

Kornblum has additionally taken to the airwaves with an ad slamming Lazar’s sentencing within the case of man discovered responsible of second-degree sexual assault.

An announcer says, “Prosecutors requested for seven years. Lazar stated, ‘It is not like he held a knife to somebody’s neck he did not know and raped her.’ Maria Lazar sides with criminals, not us.”

Kornblum’s advert says the person solely served a couple of months in jail. Lazar responded over the weekend by saying the person served 11 months, plus is on 5 years probation, and needed to register for the remainder of his life as a intercourse offender.

This got here after Lazar criticized the advert on the West Bend discussion board. “My opponent’s advert that she’s operating exhibits a number of issues — one, she has no judicial expertise. She can not learn a judgement of conviction,” Lazar advised the in-person and Zoom viewers.

In the meantime, Kornblum has requested Lazar to inform her supporters to cease airing a second business, one funded by an outdoor group, that Kornblum says retraumatizes the Waukesha parade victims.

“So this simply exhibits Decide Lazar’s callous disregard of the victims. And I do know that is an impartial expenditure. Lots of of hundreds of {dollars} are being spent on it. However Decide Lazar, I’m asking and demanding you to inform these individuals to take that advert down,” Kornblum stated.

For yet another political twist to the appeals court docket race, Lazar’s marketing campaign spokesperson is Matt Walker, son of former Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The elder Walker despatched out a tweet this month, backing the Waukesha County jurist.

The winner of subsequent week’s District II appeals court docket race will serve a six-year time period.

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