Verona residents going to the polls Tuesday, April 2, won’t see many choices on their ballots.
In both the city and town of Verona, the only contested race is for a 10-year term as a justice on the state Supreme Court. Otherwise, there’s one candidate per seat up for election.
That includes four Common Council seats – one in each district – with an incumbent running in each. In District 1, that’s Christine Posey; District 2, Sarah Gaskell; District 3, Charlotte Jerney; and District 4, Heather Reekie.
Two of the three school board seats on the ballot are at-large, with incumbent Noah Roberts running for re-election and Deborah Biddle a newcomer to the board who was appointed early after Russell King stepped down last year and she was the only candidate to file. Amy Almond is also running for re-election for a City of Fitchburg seat.
In the Town of Verona, Tom Mathies is a new face running for board supervisor, unopposed for seat 1, which is being vacated by Laura Dreger. Mike Duerst is running for re-election to seat 2 and Mark Geller for town chair. Municipal Judge Todd Meurer is also on the ballot for re-election in the town.
The state Supreme Court race pits Court of Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn against Court of Appeals Judge Lisa Neubauer. The winner will succeed outgoing Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who did not seek re-election.
Hagedorn has been supported by conservatives throughout the campaign, while Neubauer has generated support among liberals, though both candidates have dismissed partisan labels.
In a League of Women Voters of Dane County questionnaire, Hagedorn wrote that “personal political values have no place on the bench,” and that he would “return confidence and trust to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.”
“This means putting aside personal differences and working together collegially and with mutual respect,” he wrote. “Most importantly, this means being a court that can be counted on to decide cases based on the law rather than political considerations. The job of a judge is to say what the law is, not what the judge thinks the law should be.”
Neubauer responded to the same questionnaire that “judges should not be partisan politicians,” and that she has “a deep commitment to a fair, impartial and independent court,” prioritizing treatment courts and alternatives to incarceration “when appropriate.”
“The public’s perception of our court is critical to our entire system of justice,” she wrote. “The court’s legitimacy depends on the public’s confidence.”
Also on the ballot here are unopposed races for Circuit Court judge and Court of Appeals judge.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2.