In Wisconsin, judicial campaigns are too often dominated by monied interests—and this has two disastrous effects on the public-at-large. First, it has the effect of filtering and distorting a judicial candidate’s merit, falsely equating money, fundraising wherewithal, and political connections with judicial acumen. Second, it likely has the effect of influencing a judicial candidate’s future decisions, whether unconsciously or not.
Unlike most judicial campaigns in Wisconsin, my campaign will explicitly remove the filtering and distorting influence of monied interests by accepting no outside funds—and I will impose an $800 limitation with regard to my own financial contributions to the campaign. Additionally, my campaign will not receive assistance from partisan political parties, nor will it associate itself with partisan political parties. Doing so will ensure that I will be an impartial judge who is not beholden to private or partisan interests.
Not only will my judicial campaign eschew outside contributions and affiliation with partisan political parties, I’m highly qualified for the position. Having spent the majority of my career as a lawyer working for the Wisconsin judiciary, I have the necessary experience, competence, and temperament to serve as a judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. And when combined with my internship at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, I have experience assisting judges and justices at all three state court levels in Wisconsin, providing me with indispensable knowledge about how the state court system as a whole operates that will inform the performance of my duties as a judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
Furthermore, I will advocate for more staffing and judicial resources at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. As a report completed in 2001 indicates, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals is in significant need of more staffing and judicial resources. And while monied interests have targeted judicial campaigns in Wisconsin with lavish campaign contributions and independent expenditures, the state’s criminal justice system continues to deteriorate, with a lack of adequate funding for both prosecutors and public defenders—not to mention the state court system as a whole.