Daniel becomes fourth to enter Rock County judicial race

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Saturday, November 5, 2011
— A former Janesville School Board member has announced plans to enter the race for Rock County judge.

With the announcement Friday, Janesville attorney Tod Daniel, 4446 N. Connor Road, Janesville, becomes the fourth candidate vying for the post held by Judge James Welker.

Welker will not seek re-election next year.

Daniel said voters should elect him for his “reputation for independence, unquestioned integrity and a sense of fairness.”

Decades of courtroom experience as well as 10 years on the school board have given Daniel the skills to be a fair, yet firm, judge, he wrote in a news release.

Daniel, 69, has been an attorney in Janesville since 1969 when he returned from two years of service in the Army. He was a military police captain in Vietnam for a year, according to the news release.

Daniel was appointed to the school board in 1987 and was elected three times. He was school board president in 1996-97, which was his last year on the board.

Daniel graduated in 1964 from St. Norbert College in De Pere. He earned his law degree from Marquette University in 1967, where he graduated in the top three of his class, according to the release.

Daniel has been “significantly involved” in criminal and civil litigation in Rock County throughout his career, according to the release. About 60 percent of his career has been spent litigating civil cases and the rest on criminal cases ranging from municipal traffic offenses to six first-degree homicide cases.

Daniel will accept no individual campaign contributions of more than $250, although the law allows contributions of up to $1,000, according to the release. He will not take contributions from political action committees or other committees, according to the release.

Daniel also will not take out-of-county money for the campaign, the release said.

“I have always represented Rock County residents in my law practice and as a public official,” Daniel wrote. “I intend to continue that representation from the bench. I will be beholden to no special interests.”

Daniel will run against Janesville attorneys Tom McDonald, Harry C. O’Leary and Jack Hoag. A primary election will be Feb. 21, County Clerk Lori Stottler said.

Candidates can begin to collect nomination signatures in December, Stottler said.

Last updated: 6:58 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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