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Judicial race gets crowded

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Mike DuPre'
October 9, 2007

The field of applicants for a soon-to-be-open judge seat in Rock County has grown to nine.


Robert C. Howard III, 37, of 129 First St., Milton, submitted his application by mail before the deadline last Tuesday and likely is the last candidate in the field, reported a spokeswoman for Gov. Jim Doyle.


The governor will appoint a lawyer to fill out the term of Judge John Roethe, who will retire at year’s end. Roethe’s six-year term is due to expire July 31, 2009, and whomever Doyle chooses is expected to complete that term.


Howard earned his law degree from University of Iowa Law School in 1996 and has been in the general practice of law since. His primary focus has been on defending criminal and traffic cases and family law.


Fluent in Spanish, Howard is volunteer legal grievance chair for the NAACP of Beloit and served for two years as a guardian ad litem for Rock County, charged with protecting the legal interests of children in family law cases.


“I have been in trial practice for the last 10 years,” Howard said. “I’m fairly young, but I do have considerable trial experience and would like to be considered by the governor for the job.


“It would be a good way to serve the community.”


The other applicants for the post are Barbara McCrory, Rock County family court commissioner; Rock County District Attorney David O’Leary; Gary Rehfeldt, assistant Dane County corporation counsel, and Rock County lawyers Tod Daniel, Michael Fitzpatrick, Ken Forbeck, Robert Krohn and Margery Tibbetts.



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