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Several local, state elections set for April 2

Some county judges, the position of Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction and a seat on the state Supreme Court are up for election this spring.

The General Election will be Tuesday, April 2. Primaries if needed will be Feb. 19. Candidates who file for open positions can begin circulating petitions for signatures on Dec. 1. A number of towns and villages in the region will conduct caucuses in January to determine the candidates for the spring ballot.

Locally, the Branch 2 judge position in St. Croix Circuit Court will be open. The incumbent, Edward Vlack, has announced his candidacy. Twenty other counties, none of them in this area, will also elect judges.

Statewide, Tony Evers, 60, announced earlier this month that he will seek a second term as head of the Department of Public Instruction. He was first elected in April 2009.

In announcing his candidacy, Evers listed a number of achievements during his term, including the adoption and implementation of new state standards, the creation of additional dual enrollment opportunities and the creation of a new assessment system to replace the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam.

Evers also touted implementing a replacement to No Child Left Behind and creating a new educator evaluator system.

The position of justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court now held by Patience "Pat" Roggensack, 72, is also open for election.

She was elected to the Supreme Court in 2003. Her term expires July 31, 2013.

Before joining the higher court, Roggensack was elected to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in 1996 and reelected in 2002. Prior to serving on the Court of Appeals, she practiced law for 16 years.

Candidates for the open positions must submit the required paperwork to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board by Jan. 2.