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Townsend and Crawford

Marilyn Townsend, at left, and Susan M. Crawford, at right, are vying for the Branch 1 judicial post of the Dane County Circuit Court in the upcoming spring election.

A municipal judge and a Madison attorney are vying for an open judicial seat in the Dane County Circuit Court in the April 3 election.

Marilyn Townsend, a municipal judge for Shorewood Hills, and Susan M. Crawford, a partner at the Madison law firm Pines Bach, are seeking the Branch 1 position.

Circuit Judge Timothy Samuelson, a former assistant attorney general for the state Department of Justice who was appointed to the seat in June by Gov. Scott Walker, is not running for election.

Townsend has served as village judge since 2012 and has more than 30 years’ experience as an attorney. She also was a member of the Shorewood Village Board from 1999 to 2012.

Crawford served as chief legal counsel for former Gov. Jim Doyle and was previously an assistant attorney general for the state Department of Justice. She has been with the law firm since 2011.

Last spring, Townsend lost to former prosecutor Jill Karofsky to fill the vacant Branch 12 spot of the Circuit Court.

Incumbent Circuit Judges Frank D. Remington and Ellen K. Berz are running unopposed for seats in Branch 8 and Branch 11, respectively.

Terms for Circuit Court judges run six years.


Logan Wroge has been a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal since 2015.