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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — Three candidates have filed nomination papers for two Dunn County Circuit Court judge positions in the April 6 election.
Judge Rod W. Smeltzer, the judge serving in Dunn County Circuit Court Branch II, filed a notification of non-candidacy and plans to retire at the end of July.
The second circuit court judge position is in the newly-created Dunn County Circuit Court Branch III.
The candidates for Judge Smeltzer’s position are Nicholas P. Lange of Colfax and Christina Mayer of Menomonie.
Lange filed his campaign registration statement on December 23, 2020, and filed his declaration of candidacy papers and his nomination papers on January 5 with 288 valid signatures. His statement of economic interests has not yet been filed.
According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission website, Lange’s ballot status is “pending.”
Lange currently serves as corporation counsel for Dunn County.
Mayer filed her campaign registration statement on December 21 and filed nomination papers on December 28 with 397 valid signatures. Her statement of economic interests was filed December 7.
According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission website, Mayer’s ballot status is “approved.”
According to the website for Christina M. Mayer Law Firm, Mayer handles all types of general litigation and trial work as well as handling family matters such as divorce, custody, guardianships, wills and estates. She also has handled business law and has represented cities, towns and villages in Dunn County.
The only candidate who has filed nomination papers for Dunn County Circuit Court Judge Branch III is Luke M. Wagner of Menomonie.
According to the Wisconsin Election’s Commission website, Wagner filed his campaign registration statement November 19 and filed his declaration of candidacy statement August 17. His nomination papers were filed December 22 with 393 valid signatures and his ballot status is “approved.”
Wagner’s statement of economic interests was filed December 23.
Wagner serves as an attorney with Wagner Law LLC, which has offices in Menomonie and in Eau Claire.
According to the law firm’s website, Wagner’s law practice is dedicated to helping people who have been injured.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission will be certifying the candidates the week of January 11.
Also on the ballot April 6 will be state Superintendent of Public Instruction to fill the position currently held by Carolyn Stanford Taylor and Court of Appeals Judge for District 3 currently held by Mark Seidl.
The current terms for Superintendent of Public Instruction and Court of Appeals Judge for District 3 both expire July 31.