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The Latest: Justice Kelly undecided on running next year

March 27, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Supreme Court (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly says he is undecided on whether he will run for a full term next year, saying he will make a decision after next week’s election for another seat.

Kelly told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he’s focused on helping conservative candidate Brian Hagedorn win in the race against fellow appeals court Judge Lisa Neubauer. If Neubauer wins, liberals could take majority control of the court next year by defeating Kelly.

Kelly says being on the court since he was appointed in 2016 “has been the greatest honor of my life.” He says, “You may be able to infer from that how I’m leaning.”

Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone announced Wednesday he was running. He ran with Democratic support in 2013 but lost.

Other potential candidates are also considering getting in. The election is April 2020.

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10:50 a.m.

A Marquette University Law School professor who ran for Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2013 says he will try again in 2020 in a contest where majority control could be at stake.

Ed Fallone announced his candidacy in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. His announcement comes a full year before the election and less than a week before another Supreme Court race will be decided.

Fallone is the first candidate to officially declare in the race for the seat current held by conservative Justice Dan Kelly. Fallone had backing from Democrats when he ran in 2013.

The court is currently controlled 4-3 by conservatives. A win next week by liberal-backed Lisa Neubauer over conservative-backed Brian Hagedorn would put majority control of the court in play in the 2020 race.

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