Having trouble deciding who to support in the coming Supreme Court election? Maybe we can help.
The Wisconsin Justice Initiative asked all three candidates – Madison attorney Tim Burns, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet, and Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock – to fill out applications for the job. The forms are very similar to the ones the state uses when Gov. Walker is looking to fill a circuit court vacancy. WJI's version is modified a bit to make them a bit shorter and to protect the privacy of candidates' families.
The WJI application included 42 questions in 10 major areas. You can review the blank application here.
Dallet provided an application; Burns did, too, but did not answer all of the questions and did not closely follow the application format.
Screnock did not respond. WJI profiled him earlier, however, in our "Walker's judges" series. You can read that here.
The Burns and Dallet responses are below. The responses are re-ordered so that questions answered by both candidates appear near each other. Additional information from Dallet is in the bottom "Additional questions and answers from the application" section" in her column.
Dallet's original submission is here; Burns' is here. Dallet's resume is here; Burns did not submit one.
This is not an endorsement of any candidate. This is simply an effort to provide information that voters might find useful as they decide which candidate they think is best.
The primary election is Feb. 20; the general election is April 3.
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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