A look at the Wisconsin Supreme Court race

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

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- In one week, voters will head to the polls, for the first of four elections this year.

There is only one statewide race on the ballot, which will narrow the candidates for a spot on the state's highest court.

There are three candidates, and the top two vote-getters will move on to April's general election. They're running to replace Justice Mike Gableman, who decided not to seek re-election.

Those vying for his spot are Tim Burns, Rebecca Dallet and Michael Screnock.


And while the race is officially non-partisan, there is a question about how politics is playing into the race.

Calling himself a Democrat in his ads, Tim Burns has faced criticism for being open about his political beliefs as a Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate, But he told FOX 11 News conservative judges have sold out the courts.

"Folks have used the non-partisan nature of our election to commit a fraud on democracy and I want it to stop," he said.

Meanwhile, Judge Michael Screnock received more than $100,000 in in-kind donations from the Wisconsin Republican Party. Screnock told us he accepts the support, but that's it.

"It should not be a signal that I will be a rubber stamp for Republican efforts. My judicial philosophy does not change depending on who's in charge of the Legislature or the governor's office," he said.

Judge Rebecca Dallet told FOX 11 both her opponents are wrapped up in special interests, and she is the one with support from judges around the state.

"It's really important that judges are non-partisan and that when people are in front of a judge you know you're gonna get a fair shake. The problem we have now on our Supreme Court is it seems like it's rigged," she said.

We spoke with Burns and Dallet at a forum for the Brown County Medical Society Tuesday. They shared their strengths and experience with us.

"The biggest part of my experience is standing up to big business like the big business and special interests that dominate our Supreme Court and I'm the one in the best position to say, 'no more,'" Burns told FOX 11.

"As a prosecutor for over a decade and as a judge for over a decade and I have the experience and values we need at this moment in time," Dallet told us.

Screnock did not attend the forum, but spoke with us over the phone Tuesday.

"I've got the experience as a judge. I've been a private attorney. So I have a more full and broad experience than either of my two opponents," he said.

The polls open next Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Find out where to vote.

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