Letter to the Editor: Vote for Janet Protasiewicz for Wisconsin Supreme Court

In the spring election on April 4, Wisconsin residents will elect a new justice to replace Justice Patience Roggensack on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. We will be casting our votes for Judge Janet Protasiewicz for this consequential position, and we will explain why.

• Experience. Judge Protasiewicz has been a circuit court judge in Milwaukee County for the past almost nine years. She is the only remaining candidate in this race who has been a trial court judge. She has garnered a reputation for being a fair and impartial jurist. Wisconsin Supreme Court justices review the rulings and decisions of trial court judges. We believe it is important that a new justice on that court have that training and experience.

• Qualifications. Prior to being elected as a judge, Judge Protasiewicz was an assistant district attorney for more than 25 years. For decades, she prosecuted and convicted criminal defendants and earned a reputation for being a strong advocate for crime victims. Again, she is the only remaining candidate with that experience. In addition, for the past 10 years, Judge Protasiewicz has been an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University Law School.

• Beliefs. As we do, Judge Protasiewicz believes in an independent and strong judiciary that supports and defends the Constitutions of the United States and the state of Wisconsin. She understands that judges and justices interpret and apply the law as it is written; they do not make the law.

We believe that Judge Protasiewicz’s experience, qualifications and beliefs make her an outstanding candidate to serve on our state’s Supreme Court, and we urge all Door County residents to join us in voting for her on April 4. Please exercise your right to vote in the spring election next month.

Peter C. Diltz
Fish Creek, Wisconsin

D. Todd Ehlers
Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin