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Supreme Court candidate says he will put personal views aside if elected

Eau Claire (WQOW) – A Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate said he will be impartial and end politicizing on the bench, despite criticism of some of his views.

Judge Brian Hagedorn stopped by the News 18 studio on Monday. He is running against Judge Lisa Neubauer.

Both are judges on the District 2 Court of Appeals and both have ties to politics.

Hagedorn worked for former governor Scott Walker and had a role in writing Act 10 legislation that curbed the power of public sector labor unions.

Meanwhile, Neubauer is married to the former head of the Democratic party and her daughter is a Democratic state representative.

Hagedorn said on the bench it’s a judge’s job to be impartial and interpret the law as it is written.

“You’re going to have cases in front of you that are going to offend your sensibilities,” Hagedorn said. “In fact, the test to me of a good judge is somebody that is actually going to regularly issue decisions where they don’t like the policy outcomes, but they’re going to take the law and they’re going to follow it wherever it takes them.”

Hagedorn has been criticized for his writings on LGBTQ issues and his involvement in the Augustine Academy in Waukesha County which can expel gay students.

Hagedorn called this an attack on his faith and said it has no impact on his ability to be an impartial judge.

“Everyone that I interact with I treat with dignity and respect. Everyone at a personal level and everyone at a professional level. Nobody can point to me ever doing anything but that and there’s no reason to have any criticism of that whatsoever,” Hagedorn said. “I am a faithful judge who follows the law wherever it goes.”

Hagedorn and Neubauer will be on the ballot for the April 2 election. The winner will get a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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