Dane County Circuit Judge candidate Everett Mitchell has racked up more than 450 endorsements from government officials, attorneys, judges, law enforcement officials, pastors and community leaders in the two months since he announced his candidacy.
The pastor, activist, lawyer and University of Wisconsin-Madison director of community relations is the only candidate who had filed to run for Dane County Circuit Judge Amy Smith’s open seat as of Dec. 23. The filing deadline for the April election is Jan. 5.
Mitchell has long pushed for change around racial disparities and social issues, often in his role as the pastor at Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison. He has also worked as an associate director of Madison Area Urban Ministry and as an assistant district attorney.
This year, following the police shooting of Tony Robinson, an unarmed, black, 19-year-old, Mitchell led prayers at protests and pushed for review of police use of force policies and arrest rate disparities.
Throughout his work in the community, he has gained significant support from elected officials and activists alike.
Among elected officials, his supporters include former Gov. Jim Doyle, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney, seven state representatives, 14 Dane County supervisors and 14 Madison City Council members.
From the law enforcement community, Mitchell has the support of former Madison police chiefs David Couper and Noble Wray, two Madison police officers, UW-Madison Police Chief Susan Riseling and Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke.
The list of judges and attorneys who have endorsed him includes four judges from the Wisconsin Fourth District Court of Appeals, former Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge Louis Butler, three assistant district attorneys and dozens of other attorneys.
The list also includes community members involved with the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition, Madison Area Urban Ministry, the NAACP of Dane County, Progressive Dane and other organizations, topping 450 names in all.
The spring election will be held April 5.