Hot local Dem race: Clerk of Courts?
Todd Punke (D-Stettin), a consultant for BowenEHS, and former teacher, youth sports coach and community volunteer, announced his candidacy for the 86th Assembly District Monday at Rib Mountain Elementary School. He is challenging Rep. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), who is completing his sixth two-year term in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Past elections have shown Petrowski to be a strong campaigner and unseating him would be a tall order. It will be interesting to see what kind of resources this race will be able to draw.
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Here’s the job description for Marathon County Clerk of Courts:
“Responsible for the filing and case management of all Marathon County Court Cases. All garnishments, replevins, evictions, liens, state income tax liens, warrants, civil judgments, writs and mediation are handled. Collection of filing fees, fines, forfeitures, court costs, GAL fees, custody study fees. Gives oaths to deputy sheriffs, court commissioners, condemnation commissioners. Also responsible for all jury management for the county. Schedules court interpreters and support staff for all the courts.”
Does that sound like a partisan office? Well, it is — but only from the standpoint that sheriff, district attorney, register of deeds and county clerk offices are, too. (Thank goodness we don’t still elect the coroner and the county surveyor, right?)
So now incumbent Democrat Diane Sennholz, who took over the office when Donna Seidel was elected to the Assembly in 2004, finds herself with a DEMOCRATIC opponent in the September primary, Mark Garvin. It’s all going to be over in the primary unless somebody shows up on the GOP side between now and July and it is creating all sorts of interesting discussions inside county Dem circles. Stay tuned.