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State Supreme Court and Superintendent races are set

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's next statewide election is less than two months away and Justice Patience Roggensack will battle two challengers to her Supreme Court seat.

State Department of Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers will also face a challenge this spring.

While Justice Roggensack filed her nomination papers last week, her challengers turned in their signatures a few hours before Wednesday afternoon's deadline.

Attorney Vince Megna, who is renowned as one of the top lemon law attorneys in the country for his successful lawsuits against automobile manufacturers, is one of Roggensack's two challengers.  

Megna has made a number of caustic and opinionated YouTube videos about Governor Scott Walker over the past few years.

He also authored a book titled "Lapdancers Don't Take Checks", with a cover photo that features a scantily clad woman lying across a desk, with Megna sitting in a chair behind her.

But Megna doesn't shy away from his videos or books.

"They're satirical, and they make a point, just with satire," said Megna.  "This court has been placed there by outside money, WMC, the Koch Brothers, and I think that needs to change.  So, that's why I'm running."

Marquette University Law School Professor Ed Fallone agrees the court is dysfunctional.

Fallone says he wants to bring a truly impartial voice to the court.

"Justice Roggensack and all the members need to put aside their sort of polarized viewpoints and focus more again on the facts and the law and decide decisions on that basis and that's the sort of Justice I want to be," said Fallone.

Only two are running to lead the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Incumbent Superintendent Tony Evers says his proven track record makes him most qualified.

"36 years of experience in public education, developing and implementing new standards in English, language, arts and mathematics, new accountability system, assessment system.  Looking for better ways, more fair ways to fund our schools and provide resources for our kids," Evers said, listing his accomplishments.

But State Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford" says he will offer true reforms.

"People really need to know that there's gonna be a choice, and that there's a reform candidate now that will hopefully work and put the kids first as opposed to other options that have been used over the years," said Rep. Pridemore.

The three person runoff for that State Supreme Court seat will take place on February 19th, with the top two advancing to the April 2nd general election.

That is when race for State Superintendent will also be decided.

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