Yes, there's an election tomorrow, Tuesday. And, although there's not a ton on the ballot there are three candidates vying for Branch 17 of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
Nelson W. Phillips III is the appointed incumbent, and is being challenged by Glendale Municipal Court Judge Christopher Lipscomb and Administrative Law Judge Carolina Maria Stark.
The top two vote getters will move on to face off in the April 3 general election.
To prepare you for tomorrow, I asked each candidate five questions. All three responded via email.
So, read on, form your own opinions, check the candidates websites (click on their names below to access) and don't forget to bring your ID to the polls tomorrow.
OnMilwaukee.com: Why should someone vote for you?
Nelson Phillips: I have a broad range of experience in our state and federal criminal and civil courts. Prior to being appointed Circuit Court Judge, I spent over thirteen years practicing law in Milwaukee. I began my legal career in 1998 as a Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney and was selected within two years to prosecute felony gun crimes as part of the original Gun Unit led by current District Attorney John Chisholm.
In 2001, I was appointed a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and I began working for the United States Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in 2002. As an AUSA, I prosecuted federal criminal fraud, economic and large scale narcotics offenses. I also argued matters before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 2008, I joined the civil litigation and white collar teams at the law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. in Milwaukee. I assisted the firm’s business clients litigating contract, commercial, labor and employment, and general legal disputes.
I’m the current Secretary of the Board for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, and recently sat on the Board of the Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin. I also se…Read more...