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State Supreme Court candidate visits Mauston
James Daley shares his view of courts role
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Rock County Circuit Court Judge James Daley is running for a seat on the state Supreme Court. He is opposing incumbent Justice Ann Walsh Bradley. - photo by Contributed photo

A state Supreme Court Justice candidate visited the Mauston area March  26.

Rock County Circuit Court Judge James Daley was at the Mauston Park Oasis talking to people about the April 7 election.

Daley is running against incumbent Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley. He said he decided to run because of his disagreements with Bradley over a series of court rulings.

“It’s been a continuing series of decisions over the last 20 years, dealing with law enforcement that I’ve disagreed with her, and I think it’s time that she had a chance to defend her decisions,” said Daley.

Daley received his undergraduate degree from Carroll University in 1977, and received his law degree from Marquette University in 1981. He was appointed by former governor Tommy Thompson to Rock County Circuit Court judge, and has won re-election five times since.

Daley says the role of the Supreme Court is to determine if laws are constitutional or unconstitutional.

“I’m a conservative jurist, which means I think the rule of law and the constitution should be placed above personal beliefs, individual agenda items, or parties or political goals,” said Daley.

Daley said if elected, he will not overturn the will of the people of the state for his own beliefs; he will not legislate from the bench; and he will not throw needless roadblocks in the way of law enforcement officers.