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Letter: Backs Gherty for judge

I am writing this letter in support of the candidacy of Mark J. Gherty for Circuit Court judge.

I have known Mark for over 20 years. We are both trial lawyers so we cross paths in court and at various law-related activities. Many things change over that period of time; one thing that has remained constant, however, is Mark's character and integrity. Since my practice is primarily in Minnesota, I have called upon Mark on countless occasions for his advice and counsel on Wisconsin law and procedure.

His willingness to help and insights have always been valuable. Mark is an honest, hard-working lawyer who would be an honest, hard-working judge. These qualities, coupled with Mark's maturity and sense of fairness, are qualities that practicing lawyers are looking for in a judge.

Additionally, I feel it is important to have trial judges who exercise sound judgment and common sense in making decisions that affect the lives of those in the community. Mark possesses these essential attributes. As a veteran trial lawyer, Mark is well acquainted with the rules of civil and criminal procedure, rules of evidence and knows his way around a courtroom. Most importantly, he has the willingness to listen and the ability to understand.

I believe that Mark would bring all of these qualities with him to the bench. Further, I feel that he would be capable of dispensing justice in a fair and respectful manner.

In conclusion, I sincerely feel that Mark would be an effective and respected judge who would not only be an asset to the St. Croix County circuit bench, but an asset to the entire community. It is therefore, without reservation, that I recommend Mark J. Gherty for St. Croix County Circuit Court judge.