Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wisconsin: Judge who signed recall petition ousted in reelection race

Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Tom Wolfgram, a three-term incumbent who faced heavy criticism for signing the Scott Walker recall petitions lost to Joe Voiland. The vote was not close -- Voiland garnered over 60%.
Wolfgram was appointed by Republican Governor Tommy Thompson in 1994 and ran unopposed in this other three races. He also was named 2008 Judge of the Wisconsin State Bar. Some details on the race -- note that Darling was one of the state legislators who survived a recall vote:
A circuit court election is nonpartisan, but both candidates emphasized their Republican supporters in the race. Several Republican office holders in the county, including District Attorney Adam Gerol and Sheriff Maury Straub, endorsed Wolfgram.
Voiland's candidacy was backed by several Republican lawmakers representing portions of the county, such as Alberta Darling of River Hills and Jim Ott of Mequon.

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