Final Week: Wis. Supreme Court candidates campaign in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Along with voting in dozen of local races next Tuesday, voters will also be choosing the next Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

Right now, the state’s Supreme Court is seated with a conservative majority of 5-2, with justices holding a 10-year term.

Before both candidates square off in their final debate before Election Day, Milwaukee county Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet and Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock made campaign stops in Green Bay on Thursday.

“It's such an important seat,” said Dallet. “It really is about getting back to our Wisconsin values that everyone shares of fair and independent courts and I am the only candidate that is going to bring that to our Supreme Court.”

“I am absolutely committed to upholding the rule of law, respecting the constitution, respecting the separation of powers and not legislating on the bench,” said Screnock.

Screnock and Dallet have faced off in multiple debates, but the most recent criticism of the two involves the national spotlight.

The election is official non-partisan, but endorsements of the candidates suggest otherwise.

“She (Dallet) got endorsement from former vice-president Joe Biden. Not sure what the former vice-president has to do with the Wisconsin Supreme Court,” said Screnock.

“What really made this national was the endorsement of my opponent (Screnock) by NRA at the time of Parkland shooting,” said Dallet.

No matter their differences or endorsements, here’s what the candidates want voters to remember at the polls on Tuesday.

“I am committed to setting aside my personal or political beliefs about any party or any issue that comes in front of me and deciding every case based on the law as I find it,” said Screnock.

“Our Supreme Court is broken right now and we need someone with Wisconsin values to step up for fairness and independence instead of big money, special interests that have bought our Supreme Court for the last decade,” said Dallet.

The final debate between Screnock and Dallet kicks off at 7 p.m. on March 30 in Madison. You can watch it on Wisconsin Public Television or listen to it on Wisconsin Public Radio.

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