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MBA poll: Members split on Kelly’s qualifications

By: Michaela Paukner, [email protected]//March 26, 2020//

MBA poll: Members split on Kelly’s qualifications

By: Michaela Paukner, [email protected]//March 26, 2020//

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The Milwaukee Bar Association’s 2020 Judicial Poll shows respondents are split on whether Justice Dan Kelly is qualified for his seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The MBA asked members to designate each judicial candidate in the spring election as qualified or not qualified. If a member was unfamiliar with the candidate, he or she could mark no opinion.

The results from the poll, announced on Wednesday, are as follows:


About 44% of respondents thought Kelly was qualified, but about 42% said he was not qualified. The remaining 14% selected no opinion. His challenger, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky, received about 74% qualified, 15% unqualified and 11% no opinion.

Brett Blomme, running against Judge Paul Dedinsky for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 5, and Judge Milton L. Childs Sr., running unopposed for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 1, received more no opinion votes than either qualified or unqualified.

The MBA said the poll had a 15% return rate, and not all respondents expressed an opinion on each candidate.

Some of the suggested criteria to assess a candidate’s qualification included integrity, knowledge of the law, communication abilities, control over proceedings, management ability and effectiveness in working with other judges.


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