Shaughnessy Murphy and Sarah Harless share one thing in common in their quest to be elected to a six-year term as Eau Claire County’s Branch 5 judge. They both want to make Eau Claire County a safe and better place to live. “It’s pretty simple,” Murphy said of his desire to continue serving as a judge. “I grew up here. As a kid in this community, safety was the last thing on my mind. And as the father of two young boys, I want them to have that same opportunity
Experience a key difference in race One candidate for Eau Claire Branch 5 judge graduated from law school only seven years ago, spent the next five years in Washington, D.C., moved to Eau Claire just two years ago, has little experience representing clients in court, and has tens of thousands of dollars to spend on advertising (including money from an out-of-state Republican member of Congress). The other candidate is Sarah Harless. Sarah graduated from law school 14 years ago at the top of
Besides the contested race between Shaughnessy Murphy and Sarah Harless in Eau Claire County’s Branch 5 judicial election, other judge races will be featured in five area counties on April 3. Two of those judicial elections will be in Eau Claire County. Eau Claire attorney Emily Long will run unopposed for the Branch 3 seat being vacated this year by Judge William Gabler, who intends to retire when his term ends this summer. Long has been in private practice with Weld Riley law office
A worthy candidate Sarah Harless is a product of public school education and a pupil we can be proud of. Raised by a single mom, Sarah learned the value of hard work at an early age and has worked hard to earn every achievement. After mentorship by a law school student in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and through volunteering at a domestic violence shelter, Sarah chose to go to law school to help people in the toughest, most fragile times of their lives. It’s evident that’s
Event ill-advised A military parade with row upon row of our deadliest weapons: tanks, flatbeds carrying missiles, fighter jets overhead. We know what this looks like; we have watched Russia and North Korea for years. With an estimated $30 million price tag, one afternoon on Pennsylvania Avenue, we too can have a parade. We won’t need small-town fireworks or parades with high school bands and our veterans on July 4. We won’t need solemn wreaths, muted drums or mournful taps on
Soros’ impact George Soros was born of a Hungarian Jewish father who forged false identity papers to “prove” George was a Christian. At age 14, he helped the Nazis confiscate property from the Jews. When he was interviewed on “60 Minutes” in 1998 he said that he felt no guilt about it. To quote Soros, “I fancied myself as some kind of god. ... If truth be known, I carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood. ... It is a sort of a
Harless qualifed Relevant experience matters. Sarah Harless, running for Eau Claire County Circuit Court judge, Branch 5, has that relevant experience. It seems all candidates for office like to talk about their “experience.” Voters should always determine exactly what experience is really important. Sarah is the president of the Eau Claire Bar Association and has practiced alongside most local attorneys across the Chippewa Valley, having earned their respect. She is the only
Eau Claire County Judge Shaughnessy Murphy has a large lead in campaign fundraising and spending over his challenger in the April 3 election. Campaign finance documents filed with the state show Murphy has raised $42,800 since starting his run last year while Eau Claire attorney Sarah Harless has netted $14,300 in campaign contributions. In addition to the 3-to-1 fundraising advantage shown in the filings that cover campaign activity through Feb. 5, Murphy also outspent his challenger 5 to 1.