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WI Supreme Court candidate talks of importance of women’s movement

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Wisconsin voters will decide on Tuesday which two candidates for state Supreme Court go on to the April election. 

Three candidates are on the primary ballot and just one is a woman. Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet says she’s running partly to focus on issue affecting women, such as sexual assault and domestic violence.

“We’re at a moment in time where women are speaking up and it’s an important moment and we should keep in mind, in our state, we are still, of all the judges, only one in five are women,” Dallet said.

Although female judges are scarce around Wisconsin, there are now five women on the state Supreme Court, and Dallet would be the sixth, if she’s elected. 

Dallet also separates herself from opponents judge Michael Screnock and attorney Tim Burns claiming they have shown favoritism in the past.

“Both of my opponents, if cases did come in front of the court, including, let’s say, a case involving our governor, which is possible, they both wouldn’t be able to say they were unbiased, because they both have taken positions,” Dallet said.

Dallet lists La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat, district attorney Tim Gruenke and some area judges among the elected officials who have endorsed her.

Dallet has an interest in defending people’s rights and protecting the air and water.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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