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McCrory announces Rock County judge campaign

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ANN MARIE AMES
December 14, 2011
— A Rock County Court commissioner thinks her 12 years of experience have well prepared her for the move to circuit court judge.

Commissioner Barbara McCrory this week announced she will run in the race to replace Judge James Welker, who announced in July he will not seek re-election.


“I believe I have a lot of very good experience,” McCrory said. “I’ve been doing judicial work for the last 10 years. I have experience to take it to the next level as judge.”


McCrory, 50, 507 Apache Drive, Janesville, has been Rock County’s family court commissioner since 1999. Before that she worked in private practice at Brennan Steil law firm in Janesville.


McCrory earned her law degree in 1992 from UW-Madison while going to school part-time and working as a policy analyst for the state legislature, she said. McCrory also earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from UW-Madison in 1983.


Away from work, McCrory volunteers with her church’s annual youth group missions and teaches at judicial education seminars, she said. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin family Law Section Board and the Wisconsin Family Law Journal editorial board.


This is McCrory’s second race for judge. She has not previously held public office.


McCrory said voters should choose her for her ability to listen to both sides of an argument and be even-handed in her decision.


“I try to keep everyone on a level playing field and try to be fair when I’m dealing with them,” McCrory said.


McCrory is the sixth Janesville attorney to announce her intentions. Others entered in the race include Mike Haakenson, Tom McDonald, Harry C. O’Leary, Tod Daniel and Jack Hoag.


The primary election will be Feb. 21.



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