Wisconsin Voters Will Pick New Justice, May Eliminate State Treasurer

Apr 3, 2018

Wisconsin voters go to the polls Tuesday for nonpartisan judicial elections statewide.

Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock, left, and Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet are seeking a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

They also will decide whether to eliminate one of the state’s constitutional officers.

The most visible contest on the ballot is for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which has a significant conservative majority that can’t be changed by this election.

The conservative candidate is Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock, who was appointed three years ago by Governor Scott Walker. He had been a private attorney for nine years.

The moderate candidate is Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet, who has been on the bench for a decade following a similar time as a county prosecutor.

Wisconsin Treasurer Matt Adamczyk

The campaign has been marked by partisan accusations on both sides.

The Wisconsin State Treasurer has very few official duties, and none of them have much to do with state funds. The Wisconsin legislature has transferred most of those duties to nonpartisan offices over the last two decades.

Even current Treasurer Matt Adamczyk wants to see the office eliminated.

So voters will decide whether or not to amend the constitution to eliminate the office and transfer the few official assignments on state boards to the lieutenant governor.