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Governor to choose between five candidates for La Crosse judge opening

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Five people in La Crosse County have applied to become a circuit judge, to fill the seat which will open in July when Judge Ramona Gonzalez retires after 27 years on the bench.

The governor’s office is not releasing the names of the five candidates who applied by the deadline last Friday. A judicial selection committee will conduct interviews next month, and Governor Evers will make an appointment before Judge Gonzalez leaves office.

The person who becomes judge in Branch One will be eligible to run for election next April.

Gonzalez became the county’s first female judge when she was elected in 1995. She’s one of two women among the five circuit judges in La Crosse County court.

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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