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Two vying to replace Gibbs

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
March 24, 2010
— Walworth County's family court commissioner and a former district attorney will face off in April for a circuit court bench seat.

Family Court Commissioner David Reddy and former District Attorney David Danz are vying for the bench seat of Judge Michael Gibbs, who is not seeking re-election. Gibbs' third six-tear term expires this year.


"My judicial experience has shown through my commitment to community service, and I am ready to make a difference," said Reddy of Delavan.


Reddy has been the Walworth County family court commissioner for four years. He began his law career in 1987 at the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office. In 1992, Reddy went into private practice and works mostly on civil cases.


Reddy said he wants to be more efficient about providing treatment for drug offenders to avoid jail overcrowding and prevent criminals from re-offending.


Danz of Williams Bay is a former Walworth County district attorney with 30 years of legal practice in the county. He has practiced law at the municipal, county and state levels and currently works as a private attorney.


"My main thing is experience and protecting the citizens of Walworth County by making law enforcement No. 1," Danz said.


Danz previously said the circuit court must do a better job of apprehending and retaining defendants who have skipped on their bonds. He said repeat drunken-driving offenders should be assessed for community safety and risk before being released on bond and that they should pay the expenses of electronic monitoring and intensive supervision when they are released on those conditions.


Bios

David Danz


Age: 58


Address: 377 Frost Dr., Williams Bay


Job: Private practice attorney


Education: Bachelor's degree from UW-Stevens Point; master's degree with specialty in criminal justice administration from UW-Madison's Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, formerly known as the Center for Public Policy and Administration; law degree from the University of San Diego.


Elected posts: Former Walworth County district attorney


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David Reddy


Age: 49


Address: 215 N. 3rd St., Delavan


Job: Walworth County family court commissioner


Education: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.


Elected posts: Currently Walworth County family court commissioner



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