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Eau Claire County judge seat contested

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    Dan Reiland

Judicial elections will be featured in five area counties this spring, including three in Eau Claire County alone.

But only one of the seats up for election in Eau Claire County will be contested.

That race will be for Branch 5, which was vacated by last year’s retirement of Judge Paul Lenz.

Shaughnessy Murphy, an attorney for the Eau Claire office of the Wausau-based law firm of Ruder Ware, was appointed to the seat and was sworn in last October.

Murphy filed for a full six-year term and will be opposed in the April 3 election by Sarah Harless of Eau Claire.

Harless practices criminal and civil litigation at Hertel Law. 

Eau Claire attorney Emily Long will run unopposed for the Branch 3 seat being vacated this year by Judge William Gabler, who said he intends to retire when his term ends this summer.

Long has been in private practice with Weld Riley law office in Eau Claire since 2011. 

Long was an assistant district attorney in Eau Claire County from 2000 to 2011.

Incumbent Judge Jon Theisen is seeking re-election and will be unopposed for the Branch 4 seat.

Judge Steven Gibbs will be unopposed as he seeks election to a full six-year term for the Chippewa County Branch 1 seat.

Gibbs was sworn in as judge in January 2017. He was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to replace Roderick Cameron, who retired.

Thomas Clark of Buffalo City and Roger Hillestad of Durand will run for the Buffalo and Pepin county judicial seat being vacated by James Duvall.

Duvall was chief judge of the state’s 7th Judicial District.

Clark is a former prosecutor who was also a former law practice partner with Duvall.

Hillestad is in private practice in Durand and serves as Buffalo and Pepin County Family Court commissioner.

Lyndsey Boon Brunette and Roberta Heckes, both of Neillsville, will run for the Clark County judicial seat being vacated by Judge Jon Counsell, who is not seeking re-election.

Brunette is a former Clark County district attorney and current family court commissioner.

Heckes is an attorney in private practice.

Scott Needham of New Richmond, the Branch 3 judge in St. Croix County, will be running unopposed.

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