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Hoag joins growing judicial field

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David Brazy
August 10, 2011
— A third candidate has entered the race for a Rock County Circuit Court bench seat, forcing a primary election.

Janesville Attorney Jack Hoag, 59, announced Tuesday he plans to run for the seat now held by Judge James Welker, who will not seek re-election next year.


Hoag said he has been representing people in Rock County since the 1980s and is the most qualified person for the job.


"I know there is no one who has had more experience than me," Hoag said. "There really is no substitute for that."


His experience has included both civil and criminal cases, Hoag said.


Hoag has been in private practice in Janesville since 1980. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1978 and was admitted to the state bar the same year.


Hoag has served on the Salvation Army's advisory board, the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Rock County and was the chairmen of a YMCA membership drive committee. He has been a coach in the Janesville area for youth and high school teams for more than a decade.


If elected, voters could expect him to bring to the bench his reputation for being a professional and hardworking attorney, Hoag said.


"(Voters) can expect a knowledgeable, hardworking judge who is committed to a fair and impartial administration of justice," Hoag said.


Hoag's announcement follows Janesville attorney Harry C. O'Leary, who said last week he would run for Welker's seat, and Janesville City Councilman and attorney Tom McDonald, who announced in June that he is running.


A primary election will be Feb. 21, County Clerk Lori Stottler said. Candidates cannot begin to collect nomination signatures until December, Stottler said.



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