3 contend for spot on Wisconsin Supreme Court
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The field of three candidates running for Wisconsin Supreme Court is about to be narrowed.
The lowest vote-getter in the Feb. 19 primary will be eliminated in the race, with the top two advancing to the April 2 primary.
Justice Pat Roggensack argues she deserves another 10-year term because she is the only candidate with judicial experience.
Challengers Vince Megna and Ed Fallone say the court is dysfunctional and Roggensack has to go because of it.
Megna is a lemon law attorney from Milwaukee who is calling for candidates in the nonpartisan race to declare their party affiliations and take stands on issues.
Fallone is a Marquette University law professor who has the backing of several labor unions in his first run for office.
Bios of the three candidates running for Wisconsin Supreme Court:
NAME — Ed Fallone
AGE — 48
RESIDES — Whitefish Bay
EDUCATION — Bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature from Boston University, 1988. Law degree, Boston University, 1988.
CAREER — Associate professor, Marquette University Law School, 1992 to present; private practice attorney, 1988-present; president, Wisconsin Stem Cell Now; President’s Award, Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee 2010; Steering Committee, Catholic Charities Legal Services for Immigrants 2000-2005; President and Member of Board of Directors, Latino Community Center 2000-2003; Board of Trustees, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee 2000-2003; president, Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association 1996-1997.
PERSONAL — Married, two children
NAME — Vince Megna
AGE — 68
EDUCATION: Law degree, Marquette University Law School, 1973.
CAREER: Private practice attorney specializing in lemon law and consumer protection, 1990-present.
PERSONAL: Married, one son.
NAME — Patience Roggensack
AGE — 72
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in biology, Drake University, 1962; law degree, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1980.
CAREER: Supreme Court Justice, 2003 to present; Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge, 1996-2003; practicing attorney, 1980-1996; past board member of YWCA of Madison, Olbrich Botanical Society, Friends of the Arboretum, A Fund for Women, Highlands Neighborhood Association, Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth
PERSONAL: Married with three children, all now adults