Kashoua "Kristy" Yang was elected Branch 47 Milwaukee County circuit judge by a wide margin Tuesday, with her biggest win coming in Milwaukee, where she beat attorney Scott Wales by 10,707 votes and captured 63% of the total ballots cast.
Overall, Yang won 12,662 more votes than Wales did, beating him 49,394 to 36,732. She won 57% of the countywide vote.
She will replace Circuit Judge John Siefert, who did not seek re-election.
Some 14.8% of registered county voters cast ballots in the race, according to preliminary county election returns.
Yang, whose campaign emphasized her Hmong-American heritage and her experience as a private attorney, won in 11 of 19 communities. Besides Milwaukee, Yang won more than 60% of the vote in Shorewood and West Milwaukee, capturing 61% in each.. She also carried Brown Deer, Cudahy, Franklin, Oak Creek, St. Francis, South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and West Allis.
Wales, a criminal defense lawyer in private practice, won in 66% of the vote in Fox Point – where he is municipal judge – and 65% in Bayside. He also carried Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, River Hills, and Whitefish Bay.
Results for Branch 47 Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge race
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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