Kristine Drettwan elected as Walworth County Circuit Court judge
ELKHORN—With the support of the community behind her, appointed Walworth County Judge Kristine Drettwan said she is excited to continue her work with a new sense of responsibility and humility after being elected judge Tuesday.
Drettwan beat challenger John “Jay” Peterson by more than 3,000 votes.
“I'm 47 years old, and this is what I want to do, hopefully, until I'm ready to retire,” Drettwan said. “I'm really grateful for the voters of Walworth County for letting me continue to be able to serve as their judge and for placing that kind of confidence in me. That is very important to me.”
Drettwan of Elkhorn was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker in January 2014 to fill the seat of retired Judge John Race. When she applied for the appointment, she did so with the intention of running for election.
Peterson of Walworth has been in private practice for 15 years. He also has served as a village of Walworth municipal judge since 2007.
“I've not only had the stamp of approval by the judicial selection committee and governor, but I've also now been voted in by Walworth County residents,” Drettwan said. “That is very humbling and really instilled in me a sense of responsibility, and I'm really excited about it.”
Drettwan plans to stay active in criminal justice-related committees and programs.
She supports the county's drunken-driving and drug-treatment courts and is a member of the county's criminal justice coordinating committee.
She graduated from UW-Madison in 1990 with a double major in political science and journalism. She graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1993.
Drettwan worked as a law clerk for the Walworth County judges until 2010 and court commissioner and assistant family court commissioner from 2005 to 2010. She was an assistant district attorney, first in Douglas County and then in Walworth County, from 1993 to 2003. Seven of those years were spent in Walworth County.
Last updated: 10:33 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2015