Two candidates step up for Clark County judge seat

Clark County will have a new circuit court judge after the April 2018 spring election, and two candidates have so far announced their intention to seek the position.
Judge Jon Counsell has declared that he will not seek a fourth full 6-year term, opening the seat for the first time since he was first appointed to it by then-Governor Tommy Thompson in September 1999. Announcing their intentions to succeed him in the past week are former Clark County District Attorney Lindsey Boon Brunette, and Neillsville attorney Roberta Heckes. Candidates have until Jan. 2 to file necessary paperwork to have their names on April ballots, or for a February primary, if needed.
Counsell will leave the bench after more than 18 years. After being appointed to fill the seat created by the resignation of veteran judge Michael Brennan, Counsell emerged from a 4-way race to win his first 6-year term in April 2000. The other candidates at that time were Thorp attorney Charles Senn, then-Clark County District Attorney Darwin Zwieg, and then-Clark County Corporation Counsel Frank Vazquez.

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