Jill Karofsky
Press Release

Dozens more Wisconsin elected officials endorse Judge Jill Karofsky for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Karofsky earns support from Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from across Wisconsin

By - Nov 14th, 2019 01:01 pm

MILWAUKEE — Judge Jill Karofsky, candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court, announced today the endorsement of more than 60 current and former elected officials and other leaders from across Wisconsin, including two former Governors, Tony Earl and Martin Schreiber.

“Judge Jill Karofsky is dedicated to the rule of law, and has the experience and values we need for our next Supreme Court Justice,” said Governor Martin Schreiber. “She understands the law, she understands Wisconsin, and she will do right by us all on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. I’m proud to support a candidate with a proven record like Judge Karofsky.”

“Judge Karofsky is dedicated to following the law and ensuring fair outcomes for all litigants,” said Ada Deer, a longtime Native American leader in Wisconsin, who led the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs as an Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Interior. “I have no doubt she will serve faithfully and independently on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Jill Karofsky has my full support.”

“Judge Karofsky has been an advocate for victims for her entire career,” said Trevor Jung, Racine Alderman. “Her dedication to the law and the rights of all residents of Wisconsin is unquestioned. I look forward to seeing her as a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.”

Judge Karofsky currently serves as a circuit court judge in Dane County, and also has the public support of Justice Rebecca Dallet, Governor Jim Doyle, and dozens of judges, law enforcement leaders, and legislators.

The following elected officials and other leaders today endorsed Judge Jill Karofsky for Wisconsin Supreme Court:

Governor Tony Earl*

City Council Vice President Clinton Anderson, City of Beloit

Director Barbara J Arnold*, MMSD (Madison)

County Supervisor Carousel Bayrd, Dane County

Alder Linda Bellman*, City of Madison

Alder Shiva Bidar, City of Madison

County Supervisor Jerry Bollig, Dane County

Mayor Gurdip Brar, City of Middleton

County Supervisor Tanya Andersen Buckingham, Dane County

Director Mary Burke*, MMSD (Madison)

Director Savion Castro, MMSD (Madison)

County Supervisor Yogesh Chawla, Dane County

Alder Mark Clear*, City of Madison

County Supervisor Heather Deluka, Eau Claire County

County Supervisor John DeRosier*, Eau Claire County

Alder Denise DeMarb*, City of Madison

Mayor Luke Diaz, City of Verona

Common Council Vice-President Mary Lynne Donohue, City of Sheboygan

County Supervisor Liz Doyle, Dane County

County Supervisor Chuck Erickson, Dane County

Alder Tag Evers, City of Madison

County Supervisor David de Felice*, Dane County

Alder Luke Fuszard, City of Middleton

Alder Eve Galanter*, City of Madison

Treasurer Adam Gallagher, Dane County

Governor Martin Schreiber*

Council President Desiree Gearing-Lancaster, City of Black River Falls

Director Bob Green, MCPASD (Middleton)

State Representative Staush Gruszynski, (D – Green Bay)

Chairman Scott Hassett, Waterloo Town Board

County Supervisor Kara Hawes, Rock County

Alder Patrick Heck, City of Madison

County Supervisor John Hendrick*, Dane County

Nicole Homer, Ho-Chunk Tribal Counsel

Mayor Frances Huntley-Cooper*, City of Fitchburg

Alderman Trevor Jung, City of Racine

County Supervisor Tim Kiefer, Dane County

County Supervisor Richard Kilmer, Dane County

Alderman Jake Kraus, City of Oshkosh

Corporation Counsel David Lasker, Juneau City

Carly Lincoln*, Ho-Chunk Nation Legislator

Director Ellen Lindgren*, MCPASD (Middleton)

Director Juan Jose Lopez*, MMSD (Middleton)

Trustee Shabnam Lotfi, Village of Shorewood Hills

Register of Deeds Connie Cobb Madsen, Racine County

Director Anne Bauer, MCPASD (Middleton)

Alder Bridget Maniaci*, City of Madison

State Senator Janet Bewley, (D-Ashland)

Mayor Cory Mason, City of Racine

County Supervisor Maureen McCarville, Dane County

Director Nicki Vander Muelen, MMSD (Madison)

Director Ali Muldrow, MMSD (Madison)

Trustee Thad Nation*, Village of Shorewood

Mayor Jim Paine, City of Superior

Director Marjorie Passman*, MMSD (Madison)

County Supervisor Steven Peters, Dane County

County Executive Rick Phelps*, Dane County

County Supervisor Bob Salov,
Dane County

Alderperson Randy Scannell, City of Green Bay

Mayor Joe Sensenbrenner*, City of Madison

Director Arlene Silviera*, MMSD (Madison)

Mayor Joel Skornicka*, City of Madison

Mayor Kurt Sonnentag*, City of Middleton

Alderman Ryan Sorenson, City of Sheboygan

City Council Member Steve Stocker, City of Sun Prairie

County Supervisor Matt Veldran, Dane County

Alder Michael Verveer, City of Madison

Alder Zach Wood*, City of Madison

* indicates former or retired

Judge Jill Karofsky is a former state and local prosecutor, served as executive director for the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services, and worked as general counsel for the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Born and raised in south-central Wisconsin, she attended public schools where she was a state tennis champion. After receiving her bachelor’s degree at Duke University, where she was a Division I athlete, she earned two degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Karofsky received the WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s “Voices of Courage Award,” was named the WI Victim/Witness Professional Association’s “Professional of the Year,” and earned a “Significant Impact” Award from a local organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. She currently serves on the Wisconsin Judicial Education Committee and chairs the Violence Against Women STOP Grant committee. She previously co-chaired the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Response Team, and served on the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse, the WI Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, the Wisconsin Crime Victims Council, and the Dane County Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors.

Karofsky has two children, a daughter in college and a son in high school.

A full list of endorsements and campaign biography can be found online at JillForJustice.com. The campaign can also be found on social media, including on Facebook at /jillforjustice, and on Twitter at @judgekarofsky. Her campaign can be found at JillForJustice.com, on Facebook at /jillforjustice, and on Twitter at @judgekarofsky.

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