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Gov. Evers Appoints Frank Gagliardi to the Kenosha County Circuit Court

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Kenosha County Attorney Frank Gagliardi
(Wisconsin Governor’s Office)

MADISON —Gov. Tony Evers announced today his appointment of Frank Gagliardi to the Kenosha County Circuit Court – Branch 3. The appointment fills the vacancy created by Judge Bruce E. Schroeder’s resignation, effective Nov. 27, 2023. Gagliardi will complete a term ending July 31, 2024.

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“Frank Gagliardi has strong connections to the community and is committed to fairness and integrity,” said Gov. Evers. “He will serve the people of Kenosha County well as their next circuit court judge.”

Gagliardi has been a partner at Gagliardi Law LLP since 2006, where he focuses on personal injury and family law litigation. Over nearly two decades practicing law, he has also had the opportunity to handle medical malpractice, probate, estate planning, and real estate matters. Since 2012, Gagliardi has also served as a supplemental court commissioner for the Kenosha County Circuit Court, where he has gained criminal law experience.

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“Frank Gagliardi is a man of integrity, committed to family values and serving our community,” said retired Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge David Bastianelli. “I am glad Governor Evers recognized this. As a judge, he will be an asset to the citizens of Kenosha County and will serve them well.”

Gagliardi was born and raised in Kenosha County and lives in Twin Lakes with his family. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Parkside and the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. In the community, he has been active with the Kiwanis Club of Westosha-Salem, coached softball and baseball at the little league and high school levels, and is part of the VA Glory Fastpitch organization.

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“I am grateful and humbled by the trust Governor Evers placed in me to serve the people of Kenosha County as a circuit court judge,” said Gagliardi. “Our courts belong to the people, and it is an honor to follow Judge Bruce Schroeder presiding over Branch 3 of the Kenosha County Circuit Court. I pledge to be a fair, hardworking, and humble judge. From practicing law, I understand the community’s needs and promise to be efficient, impartial, and make a difference in our community.”

Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner William Michel II
(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Heather Iverson
(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Gagliardi will face Court Commissioners Heather Iverson and William Michel II in the February 20, 2024 Spring primary election. The final two vote-getters will go head to head on April 2, 2024. No other candidates have yet come forward.

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.

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  1. Frank is a fantastic choice!! He has been a supplemental commissioner for a long time in addition to practicing law. He has a diverse background in many different legal subjects and will be able to hit the ground running. He’s also well respected in Kenosha’s legal community and Racine and Walworth too. He is by far the most qualified candidate.

    Bill has been struggling as a new commissioner – losing his patience with attorneys, staff, interpreters. He has a diverse background in law so we are hoping things settle in. He’s a nice guy but seems a little overwhelmed. He should wait for the next opening because he’s not ready.

    Heather has a very limited background in law – years & years in child support -we can’t recall her ever having any jury trials As a commiss. ( she’s one of 3 full timers, 12+ supps.) she only handles the easiest calendars with basic and unopposed issues and is known for leaving early & for taking very looooooong breaks during the day. Check her ccaps calendar – the least going on. She’s not a bad person per se but she’s not remotely qualified for this important position.

    Do your research and you’ll see why Frank is the best choice for Kenosha.

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    1. Frank has earned my respect by how much he has put others ahead of himself. I’ve seen him “go to bat” (pun intentional) for his student athletes whom he does not just coach but also mentors. I also think Frank understands the concerns of people in Kenosha county and is the most conservative of the candidates.

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      1. When it comes to conservative, heather is a wolf in sheep’s clothes. Shes as liberal as they come. Far lefty faking it for votes.

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    2. I had one date in front of her. 15 minutes and she kicked it to a judges calendar. Which was utterly ridiculous. Probbaly working on her nakey photos

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    3. Another thing: follow the money.

      Two of the three candidates would, if elected, have a very significant pay increase from what they earn as underpaid full-time commissioners.

      That does seem to dampen the spirit of public service.

  2. For the first time Ever(s) didn’t disappoint me. It seems like he started to be interested in what’s going on in Kenosha.
    Gagliardi is a straight shooter and an honest individual.
    It will be interesting to see what the outcome of April’s elections will be.
    Kenosha deserves only the best!

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    1. That’s interesting. According to campaign finance records, Judge-Designate Gagliardi made no contributions to Evers. His father has. Also, Commissioner Iverson, her husband and mother made substantial donations to former Gov. Walker, though somewhat less than Mr. Gagliardi did for Evers. Between the two families we’re talking a few thousand dollars total for everyone which is hardly a “ton.”

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      1. Heather personally donated to the democratic candidate who ran for county exec. Nonpartisan race – nope!! Everybody knew Sam was R and Becky was D.

        It’s fine to prefer someone who aligns with your political beliefs but lets focus less on their parents and more on their own track records.

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        1. The donations are a matter of public record. The new judge didn’t donate to Evers. His father did.

          Commissioner Iverson, her husband and mother all gave money to former Gov. Walker. Her campaign treasurer, Roberta Puntillo, gave money to Evers.

          Collectively none of this was “heavy breather” tons of money.

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        2. Asking if someone else is dumb while proving you’re an idiot by dropping an unnecessary F-bomb is…chef’s kiss…10 out of 10- best internet experience of the day. Thank you, ignorant stranger

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      2. When Iverson and family donated to Walker. She might have been trying to get appointed as judge back then.. Wilk got the appointment. She definitely applied but Wilks wife got him the job when Heathers mommy couldn’t… Kenosha – not what you know or can do but WHO you are related to!

        She’s always had an enflated sense of self and doesn’t let her lack of knowledge or intelligence get in her way. In these ways she’d be the perfect judge-so many of them are ego over intellect. But hopefully we can do better this time around, if not, just throw another fool on the pile.

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      1. True. And at the ground level labels often don’t mean squat anyway. When Hagedorn and Neubauer ran for Supreme Court their day-to-day decisions on the Court of Appeals were almost always the same.

  3. Evers is a doofus. Does anyone really think some loose change donated to him swayed his decision? His pet dog probably picked the appointment.

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    1. No. There is a committee of, I think, 15 experienced lawyers that screens applicants, does background checks, interviews qualified applicants and makes a recommendation to the governor.

      Here is who is on the committee:

      Chief Legal Counsel Mel Barnes Co-Chair
      Office of Governor Tony Evers

      Attorney Jeanne Armstrong Fuhrman & Dodge
      Attorney Michael Brose Doar, Drill & Skow
      Attorney Kristen Hardy Northwestern Mutual
      Attorney Craig Mastantuono Mastantuono Coffee & Thomas
      Attorney Jon Padgham
      Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office
      Attorney Katelyn Sandfort Herrling Clark Law Firm
      Professor Miriam Seifter
      University of Wisconsin Law School
      Benjamin Wagner Co-Chair
      Habush Habush & Rottier
      Attorney Christine Bremer Muggli Bremer & Trollop Law Offices
      Retired Judge Thomas Flugaur Portage County Circuit Court
      Attorney Rebeca López Godfrey & Kahn
      Attorney Odalo Ohiku
      Milwaukee Office of the City Attorney
      Attorney John Raihala Clifford & Raihala
      District Attorney John Sacia Trempealeau County

      Here is the information applicants must submit:

      https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/JobPostings/2023%20Judicial%20Application%20Form.pdf

      No governor, regardless of party, wants to make a pick that is going to bite him or her in the ass. That’s especially true as Evers’ last appointment in Kenosha bombed when he went the politically-correct route. There are some new members on the screening panel now.

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