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AFL-CIO endorses Kloppenburg

The AFL-CIO of Wisconsin has endorsed Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg for Supreme Court justice.

In a statement released Friday, Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt said Kloppenburg, a state Court of Appeals judge, was the organization’s pick.

“JoAnne Kloppenburg is the best candidate to bring balance and fairness to Wisconsin’s Supreme Court,” he said. “Kloppenburg will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and apply the law fairly to all citizens.”

Kloppenburg and Justice Rebecca Bradley are vying for a seat on the high court once held by the late Justice Patrick Crooks. Gov. Scott Walker appointed Bradley to the court after Crooks died unexpectedly. Crooks had not been planning to run for another term.

Bradley and Kloppenburg outpolled Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Joe Donald in a primary election held Feb. 16. Bradley finished with 45 percent of the vote and Kloppenburg with 43 percent. About 12 percent of voters chose Donald.

The general election in the race is scheduled for April 5.

About Erika Strebel,

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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