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Walker says he may not appoint Dane County judges

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he may no longer bother with filling vacancies for judicial openings in Dane County after a second appointee of his was ousted by voters.

Walker said Wednesday it was “unfortunate” that Rebecca St. John lost Tuesday’s election in Dane County. She was defeated by attorney Rhonda Lanford, who used the Walker appointment to attack St. John during the campaign.

Last year, former Judge Roger Allen was defeated by Ellen Berz, who also emphasized his appointment by Walker among voters in heavily Democratic Dane County.

Walker says in the future it “probably doesn’t make a lot of sense to go through that appointment process” in Dane County. Instead, he says he may simply allow judicial positions to remain vacant until there’s an election.

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