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Jefferson County judge to run against Chief Justice Abrahamson

For the third year in a row, we could see a partisan-style State Supreme Court election next spring.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Randy Koschnick announced Monday he'll run against Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

Koschnick, who's been on the bench since 1999, calls himself the judicial conservative.

He labeled Abrahamson as liberal and activist.

Koschnick said judges should respect the laws the Legislature passes and not look for reasons to overturn them.

He accused Abrahamson of using her own judgment when the court overturned a $450,000 limit on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases.

Koschnick says he'll make sure his campaign ads are accurate.

That was after the state's Judicial Commission accused Justice Michael Gableman of making false statements in one of his own ads last spring.

Koschnick also promised to repudiate false ads from third-party groups.

He can't stop them by law and he said he would not ask those groups to stay out of the race.

Abrahamson, a justice for 32 years, says activist labels don't belong in judicial races and her campaign will focus on the importance of "judicial independence and integrity."