Travis Schwantes
Press Release

Schwantes for Judge campaign announces first 100 endorsements from community leaders

Endorsers including Rep. Evan Goyke, six judges and more than 80 local attorneys

By - Aug 6th, 2020 02:48 pm

MILWAUKEE — Public Defender Travis Schwantes, who announced his candidacy for judge in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Branch 30, last week, today announced more than 100 elected officials, attorneys, and community members have already endorsed his campaign.

“Travis has been working in the judicial system for more than two decades, bringing wisdom, compassion, and relentless energy to the job, and ensuring everyone who walks into our courtrooms is treated fairly and with dignity,” said Rep. Evan Goyke. “I am confident his experience in, and commitment to, bettering our judicial system every day will bring a necessary fresh perspective to the bench and make him a fair, impartial, and effective judge.”

Schwantes announced his campaign for Circuit Court Judge last week in a challenge to sitting Judge Jeffrey Conen. Conen subsequently announced he was leaving the bench and has endorsed another attorney for the position.

“At this time of community outcry for change and greater fairness and dignity in our justice system, I’m honored to have the support of so many people committed to those principles,” said Schwantes. “We need a new direction in Branch 30, because we can’t keep doing things the same way and expect a different result.

“In every case, I will uphold the law, and treat every person who comes before me with dignity and respect,” said Schwantes. “I will also ensure we start breaking the cycle and addressing mass incarceration, which will make our community safer and stronger.”

The full list of endorsements is available below. 

Endorsements for Schwantes for Judge announced August 6, 2020


Elected Officials
Rep. Evan Goyke

Hon. Jean Kies
Hon. Phil Koss
Hon. Scott McAndrew
Hon. Barry Phillips
Hon. Danielle Shelton
Hon. Paul Rifelj*

Craig Albee
Meera Al-Hanaey
Shannon Allen
Rachel Boaz
Patricia Bradford
Doris Brosnan
Pat Cafferty
John Campion
Guy Cardamone
Rebecca Coffee
Nelida Cortes
Tony Cotton
Paul Crawford
Rosemary Cuevas
Colleen Cullen
Fran Deisinger
Melissa Fitzsimmons
Kevin Geary
Peter Goldberg
Steve Govin
Katie Graber
Joshua Grube
Jade Hall
Jacob Haller
Robert Hampton
Michael Hart
John Helland
Katrina Hull
Chris Iglar
Ann Jacobs
Sylvie Jaspen
Murali Jasti
Angel Johnson
Carl Johnson
Sarah Joseph
Katie Kegel
Tanner Kilander
Angela Komp
Bridget Krause
Rebecca Lawnicki
Gabriela Leija
Edgar Lin
Alejandro Lockwood
Eric Lowenberg
Jamie McClendon
Colin McGinn
Calvin Malone
Jason Meehan
Pam Mehta
Christopher Meuler
Reyna Morales
Melissa Nepomiachi
Keith O’Donnell
Nathan Opland-Dobs
Kathy Pakes
Amanda Parent
Victor Plantiga
Amanda Poznanski
Anthony Procaccio
Dawn Rablin
Frank Raff
Will Rakestraw
Bill Reddin
Greg Renden
Fred Richardson
Arial Rosenberg
Dan Sanders
Jason Sanders
Mary Scholle
Jeff Schwarz
Lauren Stuckert
Paige Styler
Rob Sullivan
David Susens
Melinda Swartz
Christian Thomas
Leah Thomas
Kelli Thompson
Mark Thomsen
Jay Urban
Yvonne Vegas
Deja Vishny
William M. Ward
Gya Williams

Community Leaders 

Katie Behl
Holly Bland
Maggie Cash
Joe Chiesa
Sachin Chheda
Alanna Conley
Ali Finken Erbes
Alex Gibson
Emma Harrison
Jen Krejci
Meghan Mortell
Thad Nation
Danah Opland-Dobs
Keisha Robinson
Alberto Rodriguez
Yasmin Sanchez
Eric Tallmadge
Todd Thomas
Jackson Weber

Darren Wheelock


NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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