Voters are headed to the polls to cast their ballots in the Wisconsin Spring Primary Election 2020, While the Presidential Primary won’t be until April, today’s election will determine the two candidates who will appear on the April Ballot for a Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat.
Voters in Wisconsin Spring Primary Election 2020 will narrow the field in the race for the state Supreme Court, while residents of the state’s sprawling 7th Congressional District will choose which Republican and Democratic candidates will face each other in a May special election.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly is defending his seat on the bench against Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette University Law School professor Ed Fallone. The top two vote-getters Tuesday will move on to the April 7 general election.
Meanwhile, in the 7th District, Tricia Zunker, a constitutional law professor and a Ho-Chunk Supreme Court justice, and Lawrence Dale, an insurance salesman, are vying for the Democratic nomination. And on the GOP side, state Sen.
Tom Tiffany is competing against Afghanistan War veteran Jason Church. The winners of the partisan primaries will face off in a May 12 special election for the seat in Congress left vacant by former Republican U.S. Rep Sean Duffy, who resigned last fall.
While elections for the state’s highest court are officially neutral, the February Wisconsin Spring Primary Election 2020 has two liberal-backed candidates, Fallone and Karofsky, looking to unseat Kelly, a member of the court’s 5-2 conservative majority, who has the backing of Republicans.
The race has been marked on all sides by accusations of partisan influence, with attacks at times becoming personal.
The liberal candidates have cast Kelly, who was appointed by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker, as beholden to right-wing interests, pointing to ruling he’s made since entering the court in 2016. For his part, Kelly has said Fallone and Karofsky would be too willing to let personal beliefs influence their decisions on cases, and has dismissed his opponents’ attacks as “slander.”
The Supreme Court candidates are Daniel Kelly, Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone. Voters in Sheboygan’s 6th Aldermanic District will choose between Joseph Vugrinovich, Mark Hermann and Dean Dekker.
Sheboygan County Supervisor District 20 has three candidates: Mike Zimmermann, Patrick Johnson, and Brian Hoffmann.
And voters in the Random Lake School District will be able to vote for as many as two candidates from a field comprised of Renie Rathke, Laura Meyer, Charles Mueller, Russel Sauressig and Elizabeth Kocher.
Voters who are not registered, or who want to check their status can do so at MyVote.WI.gov. Same-day registration is additionally accessible in Wisconsin, but you’ll need to bring proper documents for that to take place such as the photo ID that everyone needs, and proof of residence.
The race for Wisconsin Supreme Court will be narrowed from three to two candidates. Current state Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly was appointed to the high court in 2016 by former Wis. Gov. Scott Walker. Kelly is the only candidate who has the backing of conservatives.
Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone is also running. Fallone was a 2013 candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court but was defeated by an incumbent. He is getting support from liberals. Also getting support from the left is someone who might be a little bit more familiar to voters in our area, Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky.
There are two democratic candidates facing off, Lawrence Dale who is an insurance salesperson and Tricia Zunker who is an associate justice of the Ho-Chunk Supreme Court and a member of the Wausau School Board. On the Republican side, the candidates are current State Senator Tom Tiffany and Jason Church, the former army soldier, and Purple Heart recipient.
Each of the party winners today moves on to the special election scheduled for May 12. If you plan to head out to the polls make sure you bring a valid ID with you and if you need to register to vote you will also need proof of residency.