In case you haven’t heard (though if you’re reading this, I’m sure you have), there’s an election in April 2011 for the seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court currently held by Justice David Prosser. Three challengers have emerged to try and wrest the seat from Justice Prosser – Madison attorney Joel Winnig, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, and Marla Stephens, Director of the Appellate Division for the Wisconsin State Public Defender.
While I haven’t heard enough from each of the candidates to have made a decision on who I’ll be supporting, I’ve been encouraged by the fact that both Winnig and Kloppenburg (and possibly Prosser) are attempting to obtain public financing for their campaigns in keeping with the criteria of the Impartial Justice Act. Under that legislation, candidates for the Supreme Court who collect 1,000 contributions totaling between $5,000 and $15,000 will be able to receive $100,000 for the primary election and $300,000 for the general election. While Winnig, Kloppenburg, and Prosser all seem to be vying for public financing, Marla Stephens has indicated she will not be seeking public financing.