Madison reporter Patrick Marley discusses the announcement that Justice Michael Gableman will not seek re-election next year.
MADISON – Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman announced Thursday he will not seek a second term next year, shaking up the April race for a seat on the high court.
“Serving on the Wisconsin Supreme Court for the last nine years has been my great privilege,” Gableman said in a statement disclosing his plans. “In decisions large and small, I have 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 spokesman Nathan Conrad said he believed the justice intended to serve out his term, which runs through August 2018. That would make next year’s race the first race without an incumbent since 2007.
Gableman’s fellow conservatives on the high court praised him in statements accompanying Gableman’s announcement.
“His thoughtful insights and dedication to the rule of law will be greatly missed by the Supreme Court and the people of Wisconsin when he concludes his service on the Supreme Court,” Chief Justice Patience Roggensack’s statement said.
“Justice Gableman’s opinions showcase his intellect and independence and reflect his resolute defense of the Constitution,” Justice Rebecca Bradley’s statement said.
Gableman made his announcement soon after two candidates — Milwaukee…
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