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Dunn County DA elected as circuit court judge

by LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE — Dunn County District Attorney James Peterson has been elected as circuit court judge in Dunn County.

Christina M. Mayer challenged Peterson on the April 1 ballot.

Mayer, an attorney with Schofield, Higley and Mayer out of Menomonie, gathered 2,322 votes in the election.

Peterson received 2,472 votes.

Mayer and Peterson were in a three-way primary in February with Roger Hillestad, an attorney in Durand.

According to the unofficial vote totals posted on the Dunn County clerk’s website for the April 1 election, Mayer carried the most votes in the Towns of Colfax, Eau Galle, Grant, Hay River, New Haven, Otter Creek, Peru, Sand Creek, Sheridan, Stanton and Wilson.

Peterson carried the most votes in the Towns of Dunn, Elk Mound, Lucas, Menomonie, Red Cedar, Rock Creek, Sherman, Spring Brook, Tainter, Tiffany and Weston.

Mayer received the most votes in the villages of Boyceville, Colfax, Elk Mound and Ridgeland.

Peterson gathered more votes in Downing and Wheeler.

As for the City of Menomonie, Peterson won all of the wards except two: Ward 1 and Ward 10.

Peterson has served as district attorney in Dunn County for 25 years.

The position for circuit court judge became open when the Honorable William C. Stewart Jr. retired in November.