Circuit Court

To the Editor,

While our elective form of government has its strong points, let’s face it, we often vote for candidates without truly understanding the real pros and cons of their qualifications.

The upcoming primary and later election of Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Branch 4 is a shining example. Most have little knowledge of the actual qualifications of the candidates much less an understanding of the job of a circuit court judge. Why would you unless you worked daily in the legal field?

It is imperative for those who work in the legal field to express their observations and opinions to their fellow citizens.

Any candidate who does not seek out the endorsement of their own peers or states to the public that they will not seek out such endorsements, must simply be afraid of the response.

In fact, Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules explicitly states: “A judge, candidate for judicial office, or his or her committee is NOT prohibited from soliciting and accepting endorsements from lawyers and others.”

I am a trial attorney, born and raised in Sheboygan and for the past 18 years I have spent most of my working hours in court representing individuals and companies. I’m in the “trenches” so to speak and a result, I absolutely know who is the most qualified candidate.

A colleague of mine has decided to run for the vacant Branch 4 position, her name is Rebecca Persick. I have worked with her and against her on a 100+ case during the past 16 years.

While we’ve not always agreed on issues, I have always found her to be impeccably prepared and extremely professional in the way she conducts herself in court.

She is currently serving as the Sheboygan County Court Commissioner. In my experience with Rebecca Persick, it is very clear to me that she adheres to both the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. When the law allows her to impart discretion she does so with common sense and compassion.

She also conducts a very tight court room. That is to say, she gives lawyers and non-represented individuals leeway to say their peace but will “reign it in” when necessary. She’s nobody’s pushover and demands respect and professionalism in her court room.

I also know the two other candidates running against her (Mathew Mooney and Catherine Delahunt) and cannot say the same as to their qualifications or skills. I trust that the endorsements these candidates might receive will come from the many organizations they join and from individuals who think of them as “a nice person”.

I’m sure they are nice but that doesn’t make them the best candidate for judge.

In the very near future you will see all sorts of signs, newspaper ads, etc. Please go a step further and reach out to members of the legal community and ask them questions about the upcoming election. I would be happy to discuss with anyone, why without hesitation, I endorse Rebecca Persick for Circuit Court Judge.

Todd E. Basler
Wurtz, Roth & Basler, S.C.
Law Offices, Sheboygan

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