Only Neubaurer, Hagedorn in Court Race
Two-candidate, left vs. right race for state Supreme Court. Neubauer has raised more money.
Lisa Neubauer and Brian Hagedorn, who are both judges on the District II Court of Appeals based in Waukesha, were the only candidates to file paperwork to get on the ballot by Wednesday’s 5 p.m. deadline.
Neubauer, of Racine, is currently chief judge of the four-member appeals court. She has served on the appeals court since 2007 and her current six-year term expires in 2020. She is a former attorney for the Foley & Lardner law firm and also worked as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison.
Hagedorn, of Oconomowoc, was appointed to the appeals court in 2015 by GOP Gov. Scott Walker. Hagedorn was elected to a six-year term on the appeals court in 2017. He served as Walker’s chief lawyer in the governor’s first four years in office starting in 2011 and was one of the architects of Act 10. Previously, he was an assistant state attorney general.
Hagedorn’s latest campaign finance report filed last July shows he raised $50 during the first six months of 2018.
Abrahamson, who has been on the high court since 1979 and also served as its chief justice, announced late last year she would not seek another 10-year term for health reasons.
Abrahamson is one of the seven-member court’s liberal members. Conservatives currently have a 4-3 majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.