Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Daniel Kelly was ranked "not qualified" by 74% attorneys who had an opinion, while 86% said his opponent, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Janet Protasiewicz, was "qualified," according to a Milwaukee Bar Association poll.
Kelly was rated "qualified" by just 26% of respondents who had an opinion; Protasiewicz was rated "not qualified" by 14%.
The MBA surveys its members about Milwaukee County judicial candidates every year before the spring election. Members are asked whether candidates are qualified or not qualified. Members also may respond that they have no opinion.
The table below shows poll results among all the candidates for judicial seats from participating attorneys who expressed an opinion.
All of the races for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court bench are uncontested. No candidate in those races received a "qualified" rating below 80%.
In the District I Court of Appeals race, which encompasses Milwaukee County, 90% of respondents considered Bill Brash qualified, while 67% said challenger Sara Geenen was qualified.
In the Milwaukee Municipal Court elections, incumbent Branch 3 Judge Phil Chavez does not have an opponent. For Branch 2, Molly Gena, managing attorney for Legal Action of Wisconsin's Milwaukee office, is running against Lena C. Taylor, a state senator, for an open seat. In that race, 95% of respondents with an opinion said Gena was qualified, while just 27% said Taylor was qualified.
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