Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman announced Thursday he will not seek a second term next year, creating an open seat on the state’s highest court unless he resigns and a replacement is named before the election.
Gableman did not say in a statement announcing his decision whether he would serve out his term or leave before the April election. His spokesman, Nathan Conrad, said it was his “understanding” that Gableman planned to serve out his term which runs until August 2018.
There has not been a Supreme Court race without an incumbent since 2007.
Gableman thanked voters for electing him in 2008 and said he was satisfied that he had “fulfilled my promises and put my judicial philosophy into practice. I trust the people of Wisconsin will elect a successor who is similarly committed to the rule of law.”
Gableman, 50, did not respond to messages seeking comment.
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