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Contested judicial race set for circuit court Branch 4

By Press Times Staff

BROWN COUNTY – County voters will have a choice this spring as to who they want as their circuit court judge in Branch 4.

The 19-year incumbent, Kendall Kelley, is being challenged by Rachel Maes, currently an assistant Green Bay city attorney.

Rachel Maes

Both filed nomination papers with the Wisconsin Elections Commission prior to the Jan. 5 deadline to be on the April 6 general election ballot.

Kelley was first appointed a circuit court judge in 2002 by then Gov. Scott McCallum, prior to being elected to a six-year term in 2003 and re-elected in 2009 and 2015.

He previously was an assistant district attorney in Brown County and the municipal judge in Suamico.

Maes, who prosecutes municipal citations issued by the City of Green Bay, previously was an assistant district attorney and assistant corporation counsel in Douglas County.

In announcing her bid for circuit court judge Branch 4, Maes said she is “proud to give Brown County voters a meaningful choice in choosing who they trust behind the bench and firmly believes that contested judicial elections are healthy for the local justice system.”

Two other county circuit court judge seats are up for election this spring with the incumbents in Branch 1, Donald Zuidmulder, and Branch 5, Marc Hammer, running unopposed in their bids for new six-year terms.

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