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Walker recall petition signer loses judgeship in Ozaukee County


OZAUKEE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - One of 29 Wisconsin circuit judges who signed recall petitions against Governor Scott Walker lost his job Tuesday.

Ozaukee County Judge Tom Wolfgram was defeated by attorney Joe Voiland, who got over 60 percent of the vote to win a six-year term on the bench.

Wolfgram was appointed in 1994 to fill a vacancy – and in three terms, he never had an election opponent until now.

Voiland announced his candidacy in January, accusing Wolfgram of being impartial by joining 900,000 Wisconsinites in petitioning for a recall election against the Republican governor.

Wolfgram denied taking sides, saying the recall vote gave people a chance to learn more about the major issue in the recall – the law which virtually ended collective bargaining for most public employee unions in Wisconsin.

The state Judicial Commission investigated, after Gannett’s Wisconsin Newspaper used a searchable database to identify the 29 judges who signed the recall petitions. There was no public word on any of the judges being disciplined as a result of their actions.

Wolfgram said he was proud of his 19 years as a judge, and said no one ever questioned impartiality in his rulings. Voiland thanked Wolfgram for his service, and he promised to be an impartial judge.