Three county judges endorsed Georgia Herrera this afternoon, a few hours after another judge supported Gene Gasiorkiewicz, her opponent in the April 6 election for a seat on the Circuit Court bench.
The three backing Herrera in press releases sent out by the Herrera campaign are former Racine County Circuit Court Judge and current Reserve Judge Dennis Flynn, Circuit Court Judge Gerald Ptacek and Circuit Court Judge Faye Flancher.
Flynn said: "She served Racine County well as criminal prosecutor and again as Circuit Court commissioner. I first appointed her Circuit Court Commissioner over ten years ago, having watched her try cases to juries and practice law in my court for many years. She’s got a proven record as attorney, prosecutor, and court commissioner. She demonstrated her ability to preside in Court as a Circuit Court commissioner and Deputy Family Court Commissioner. She will clearly be an excellent judge.”
Ptacek said: “I've seen Georgia Herrera's work for many years, when I served as District Attorney and then as Circuit Court Judge. She was an excellent criminal prosecutor for Racine County. Her law enforcement experience and good judgment are needed on the bench. Georgia has strong support throughout our County and has also demonstrated her ability to preside fairly and impartially in Court as a Circuit Court commissioner over the last ten years.”
Flancher, who appointed Herrera as deputy court commissioner in the Family division of Circuit Court in Racine, said: "I know Georgia's work and qualifications well. Her broad experience and good judgment are needed on the bench. Georgia's made the tough decisions necessary of a family court commissioner on hard issues like child custody and placement. She's demonstrated she can run an efficient and impartial court room. She is exceptionally well qualified to be judge."
All three were quoted saying, word-for-word: "She is the right person for this important job.”
Earlier this morning, Judge Allan "Pat" Torhorst, deputy chief judge of the Second Judicial District, sent out a letter condemning Herrera's criticism of Gasiorkiewicz' qualifications. More on that issue here. And for more on the endorsement battle that this race has turned into, go here.