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Candidate Profiles: Kewaunee County Circuit Judge

GET OUT AND VOTE or sign up for an absentee ballot! The upcoming Primary is February 15th for Kewaunee County circuit court judge. This is a non-partisan position. We the Democratic Party of Kewaunee County wish to inform voters to vote.


There are 3 candidates running for Kewaunee County Circuit Court Judge position with primaries set for Feb 15th. 2 of the 3 have responded to our requests for statements: Why they are running, Who they are, and Why voters should vote for them. Below are statements and information on the 3 candidates.


Kim Hardtke wrote:


I am running for judge because I want to continue my career of public service by serving the citizens of Kewaunee County. I was born and raised in West Kewaunee, graduated from Kewaunee High School, and am now raising my own family in the Luxemburg area. I love my home county and would be honored to be chosen to help its people and communities if I am elected.


Over my career thus far, I have developed a reputation for being thoughtful and fair. I take my position as an Assistant District Attorney and the authority that comes with making decisions as a prosecutor very seriously. I believe in justice for victims and the community, but also fair and thoughtful treatment for defendants. I am used to working in a high-volume, high-stress environment, while still making sure to treat every individual I meet with dignity and respect. Every day I strive to live up to the authority that comes with the job of a prosecutor, and I believe that integrity will serve me well as a judge.


I also know what it takes to make tough decisions. Before joining the DA’s office, I worked directly for the 8 judges in Brown County for 2 years. I helped them research, write, and make decisions on a wide range of complex legal issues. I learned how judges think, and how to fairly evaluate the positions of all parties before making a decision.


For more details about me, my candidacy, and what I stand for, please check out my Facebook page Kim Hardtke for Judge, or my website



Jeff Wisnicky Wrote: Who Am I?


I am an attorney with over eighteen years of professional legal experience handling a full array of legal matters. I spent fourteen years as the assistant district attorney in Kewaunee County prosecuting all manner of crime including complex drug homicide cases. I have extensive experience in private practice and in government handling all the essential proceedings that are routinely decided in Kewaunee County including civil matters, real estate, family law, probate, juvenile law, mental health and guardianship. I continue to serve as Kewaunee County’s trusted in-house attorney where I provide legal advice to the County Board and all its employees. My wife Blair and I along with our four children are lifelong residents of the residents of Kewaunee County.


Why do I want to be the next judge in Kewaunee County?


I want to be the next judge in Kewaunee County because I know how important it is that we have an exceptionally well qualified and experienced individual taking on the awesome responsibility of deciding on the most important matters in Kewaunee County. I have experience in the most serious cases heard in Kewaunee County including reckless homicide cases, abused and neglected children cases and very substantial civil matters. I know how important it is to keep Kewaunee County a safe place to live and raise a family. As the next judge, I will keep Kewaunee County safe for you and your family.


People should vote for me because:


We need a circuit court judge with professional and life experience who is skilled in all aspects of the law and is ready to serve on day one. I am the most experienced, most well-rounded and most qualified candidate for judge, and I am ready to serve. My broad-based professional experience in private practice, in the district attorney’s office and work for county government makes me uniquely qualified to serve as Kewaunee County’s next circuit court judge. I am well known and have earned the trust and respect of all the attorneys who routinely appear in Kewaunee County. I am currently the president of the Kewaunee County Bar Association and have worked for several local organizations giving back to the community. If you support me you are supporting a candidate who is committed to this community.

Facebook page: Wisnicky for Judge


Dear Voters, I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I’m John Peterson, and I’m running for Kewaunee County Circuit Court Judge because it would be an honor to serve the community that has provided me and my family with so many opportunities. Growing up in the Door-Kewaunee County area, I’ve been blessed to be raised in the safe, small-town life and that’s why I returned to this area to practice law and raise a family. My wife, Kari, grew up on a dairy farm on the west side of the state and quickly fell in love with this area. Kari is currently the principal at Holy Cross school and we decided long ago that this is where we wanted to raise our three daughters Sylvia (15), Evelyn (12), and Adeline (11). For the past 19 years, I’ve represented folks in northeastern Wisconsin as an independent, private attorney, and started my own firm 12 years ago. I understand first hand, the issues we face as families, individuals and as a community, and how law intertwines with our everyday lives. My guiding principles as a judge will focus on applying the law and not creating new law - known as judicial activism. I will be an impartial judge that will apply common sense rulings to cases that affect each and every one of us. I also pledge that I will ensure fairness and respect to all parties without regard to any outside special or political interest. To be helpful, I’ve enclosed a brochure that tells you a little more about myself. I hope to have an opportunity to meet you in person soon, and if you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact me at (920) 676-8751. I truly appreciate your time and consideration for this February 15, 2022 primary election.

My Best,

John Peterson

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