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Judge candidates set to participate in forum

The St. Croix Valley Legal Professionals, in conjunction with the St. Croix Valley Bar Association, will host a St. Croix County judge candidate forum on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Ready Randy's in New Richmond.

The forum is free and is open to the public. Attorney Jamie Johnson will moderate the candidate forum.

The candidates on the April 1 ballot are State Public Defender Howard Cameron and Hudson Attorney Mark Gherty.

Cameron graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987 with a Juris Doctorate. He practiced law in Osceola from 1987-1991, working in the areas of family law, real estate, criminal defense and personal injury. Since 1991 he has practiced as an assistant state public defender for St. Croix, Pierce, Polk and Dunn counties. Cameron currently serves on the Dunn County Justice Collaboration Council and works in the Dunn County Diversion Court. He is the 1999 recipient of the Wisconsin State Public Defender Rubin Award for his work with youth.

Gherty graduated from the University of South Dakota, School of Law in 1980 with a Juris Doctorate. He has practiced at the firm of Gherty and Gherty in Hudson since 1980 specializing in trial and litigation work. He is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate and holds the highest rating of "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell. He was named a "Super Lawyer" in 2006 and 2007. Gherty has also been a visiting instructor at The University of Wisconsin Law School, General Practice/Lawyering Skills Course every other year since 1994. He is active in many state and local organizations.

For more information, contact Geri Tresselt at (715) 386-2332 or Anne Schmiege at (715) 246-2211.