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Judges Diltz, Ehlers Announce Re-election Bids

Door County Circuit Court Judges Todd Ehlers and Peter Diltz have each announced their bids for re-election in the 2012 spring election.

Diltz, 66, was first elected as the Branch 2 Judge in 1994 when the county added a second branch. He was re-elected without opposition in 2000, and 2006. Diltz said his decision to run again came after a great deal of consideration.

“I thought six years ago I was running for the last time,” Diltz said. “As the end of this term nears, I find that I still enjoy the work, find it immensely challenging and fulfilling, and am blessed with good health.”

Diltz, who lives in Fish Creek, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 1968 and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. From 1976 – 1994 he served as Family Court Commissioner for Door County.

He has also served as President of the Wisconsin Family Court Commissioner’s Association and the Door County Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of the Door Community Auditorium and the Liberty Grove Sanitary District.

Ehlers, 54, will be seeking his third term on the bench. He was first elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2006.

Prior to serving as judge, Ehlers had a private law practice for 18 years, 16 of them in Sturgeon Bay. He served as assistant Corporation Counsel for Door County from 1985 – 1987 and was a Door County Court Commissioner from 1997 – 2000.

Ehlers has served on the Wisconsin Probate, Guardianship and Mental Health Judicial Bench Book Committee since 2003. From 2006 – 2010 he served as Deputy Chief Judge of District 8, and in 2010 he was elected to a five year term on the Wisconsin Criminal Jury Instructions Committee, responsible for drafting the criminal jury instructions used by Wisconsin courts as statutory and case law changes occur.

Ehlers grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Sevastopol and graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1975. He earned his undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College in 1978 and his law degree from Marquette University in 1982.

He now lives in Jacksonport with his wife Cynthia and has two adult children.

“It continues to be my extreme and humble honor and pleasure to be one of Door County’s circuit court judges,” Ehlers said. “I relish coming to work every day making decisions that significantly affect people’s lives.”

The two branches of Door County Circuit Court do not differ in the types of cases brought before them.

“One of the challenges of being a Door County judge is the fact that you have so many different types of cases,” Diltz said. “But that’s also one of the joys of this job. It’s invigorating to deal with all aspects of the law. I don’t know that I would want to be relegated to one type of case.”

The spring election takes place Tuesday, April 3, 2012.