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Walker starts looking for Prosser replacement on high court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has started searching for someone to finish out most of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser’s term.

Prosser announced Wednesday he plans to retire July 31 after nearly 18 years on the court. Walker has the power to appoint his successor.

The governor announced Thursday he has opened the search for applicants. He invited anyone interested to fill out an application on his website as well as submit a cover letter, resume and writing samples. He set a May 19 deadline.

Prosser’s 10-year term expires in 2021, but Walker’s appointee will have to stand for election in 2020. Appointed justices must stand for election as soon as possible but only one justice can be on the ballot each year and 2020 is the first year without one.

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