Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates push experience ahead of election
BROWN COUNTY (WLUK) -- Both Supreme Court candidates spent Thursday in Northeast Wisconsin, five days ahead of the election.
Speaking at a Wisconsin Women of Politics luncheon at Rock Garden in Howard, Michael Screnock says he offers something the Wisconsin Supreme Court has never had before.
“I worked for nearly 12 years in local government, so I understand the workings of local government at every level and every aspect of the work that they do,” said Screnock.
Screnock is currently a circuit court judge in Sauk County. His local government jobs were as a city administrator in Washburn and as Ashland's finance director. After going back to school, Screnock served as a private attorney in Madison.
“So I understand that tussle between private interest and government regulations, which reflect society's interest from both sides of the coin,” said Screnock.
Screnock's opponent is Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet.
“The job of a judge is to make sure to follow the law and follow the rule of law,” said Dallet during an interview at FOX 11’s studios.
Dallet has been a judge for the last 10 years, however, she says her experience as a prosecutor in Milwaukee County sets her apart.
“I was a prosecutor for 11 years and have that knowledge of what is effecting daily lives of people in Wisconsin, what they need, how to protect our communities,” said Dallet.
The seat the candidates are vying for belongs to Justice Michael Gableman, who decided not to run again. He is with the court's 5 to 2 conservative majority.
“Right now we have a Supreme Court that is bought by special interest money,” said Dallet. “I will not be bought. I'm going to be a Supreme Court justice for the people of our state.”
“I am committed to upholding the rule of law and recognizing the role of a justice is simply to apply the law as they find it, not based on a personal or political beliefs,” said Screnock.
Justice terms are for 10 years.