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Attorney Gartzke to run for judge
Editor's Note: The year Gartzke graduated from law school was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.

NEW GLARUS - New Glarus attorney Dan Gartzke has announced he will be vying for Green County Circuit Court Judge in the spring election for branch one, currently held by Judge Jim Beer.

This marks Gartzke's second candidacy for judge, the first being in 2009. Gartzke is a practicing attorney for Gartzke Law Offices S.C., with offices in New Glarus and Madison, and he has practiced for almost 30 years. He is a 1986 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. He and his wife Tracey Schwalbe have been living in New Glarus since his graduation, raising their three children: Julia, Mara and David.

Judge Jim Beer announced his candidacy in August to retain the seat he has held since 1996. Gartzke said in a news release that he respects Beer.

"This campaign is simply an opportunity for the voters of this county to be presented with an option to choose a fresh approach for the next six-year term," Gartzke said in a news release

Gartzke has been in front of judges in Green County and many cities, including Janesville, Madison, Dodgeville, Darlington, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wasau and Eau Claire. He is a past-president of both the Green and Dane county bar associations, has served as a volunteer with the Dane County Family Law Assistance Center and developed and coordinated the Green County Family Law Assistance Center.

- Tom Holm