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Candidates for Milwaukee County bench to face off

The Milwaukee Bar Association is holding a forum next week for the two candidates running for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 40, the seat once held by Justice Rebecca Dallet.

Judge Andrew Jones and Danielle Shelton, a public defender, are scheduled to face each other from noon to 1 p.m. on March 21 at the Milwaukee Bar Association, 747 N. Broadway.

Dave Umhoefer, director of the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service at Marquette University, will be the moderator. Those who attend will also be able to ask the candidates questions.

The event is free and open to the general public. It will also be streamed live on the MBA’s Facebook page.

Gov. Scott Walker in August appointed Jones, then a partner at Husch Blackwell, to serve out the rest of Dallet’s term after she had been elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court last spring. Jones earned his law degree in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Shelton is an assistant public defender in the State Public Defender’s Milwaukee Trial Division. Shelton earned her law degree in 2003 from Marquette University Law School.

Voters in Milwaukee County will go to the polls on April 2 to choose between Jones and Shelton.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

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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