Wisconsin Supreme Court hopefuls present ideologies at forum

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates (L-R): Tim Burns, Rebecca Dallet, Michael Screnock (Photos courtesy candidates' campaigns)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court are in a contest that's supposed to be nonpartisan but they're clearly showing voters they're choosing among three political ideologies.

The trio of contenders spoke Monday at the Milwaukee Bar Association and spent most of an hour warning voters that one or the other will be driven by ideology.

The race includes unabashedly progressive attorney Tim Burns; conservative Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock; and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet, who describes herself as moderate.

Burns says judges do have a political role. Screnock argues his opponents will legislate "from the bench." Dallet says her opponents are politicizing the race.

The two highest vote-getters in the Feb. 20 primary will face each other on April 3 to replace conservative Justice Michael Gableman.

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