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Wheeler hears from circuit court judge candidate

By LeAnn R. Ralph

WHEELER — Christina Mayer, a candidate for Dunn County circuit court judge in the April 1 election, took up the majority of the Wheeler Village Board’s ten-minute meeting on March 11.

Mayer told the village board she was originally from Chippewa Falls, had graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in political science and economics and had gone to law school in Oklahoma.

While in law school, Mayer concluded, “Wisconsin is where I belong.”

Mayer is a partner in the law firm of Schofield, Higley and Mayer in Menomonie.

In addition to representing Pepin County, Mayer works in Dunn County family law.

“I think I would do a good job as judge because I have experience with families,” she said.

Dunn County Circuit Court Judge William C. Stewart retired in November.

Mayer said she is committed to the progressive programs implemented in Dunn County by Judge Stewart and by Judge Rod Smeltzer.

Incarcerating a defendant in prison for one year costs $40,000, she said.

Alternatives to prison, such as Dunn County’s Diversion Court, saves the taxpayers money and allows defendants to become contributing members of society, Mayer said.

Mayer said she has been campaigning door-to-door on evenings and weekends and has been making a point of attending town board and village board meetings to introduce herself.

Mayer is running against Dunn County District Attorney James Peterson for the circuit court judge position.

Mayer and Peterson gathered the most votes in a primary election February 18.

Roger Hillestad, an attorney from Durand, came in third.

Water

One person attending the Wheeler Village Board meeting asked how village residents would know when it is time to shut off the water.

The Village of Wheeler issued a run water notice in February to help avoid additional frozen water laterals.

The village will send a letter or will call or will put a notice in residents’ doors, said Robin Goodell, villager clerk-treasurer.

“It may be mid-May before the frost is out of the ground, and we will have to play it by ear,” Goodell said.