Winnebago County Circuit Court Branch 3 nominees list qualifications

Voters will decide between two candidates for Winnebago County Circuit Court Branch 3 judge in the April 5 election.

Bryan Keberlein and Lisa Krueger will be vying for a six-year term after incumbent Barbara Key did not seek re-election after 24 years in office.

Candidates were asked to complete a questionnaire to explain why they are running for office, what makes them the best candidates and how they plan to address the issues that concern residents. Their responses are published below.

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CONTINUED: Candidates file for spring local elections; primary set for Oshkosh School Board, at least 2 for Winnebago County Board

  • Name: Bryan Keberlein
  • Address: 662 Stevens Street, Neenah
  • Age: 44
  • Occupation: Judicial Court Commissioner
  • Highest education: Juris Doctorate from Hamline School of Law
  • Relevant experience: Eight years as a public defender of the state; eight years as judicial commissioner; chairman of the Winnebago County Safe Streets Committee; Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics
  • Campaign website: keberleinforjudge.com

Why are you running for election?

I have had a positive impact on the community in my position as judicial commissioner and I will be able to have a greater impact as a judge. I was born in Menasha, live in Neenah and work in Oshkosh. I am fully invested in our community.

What makes you the best candidate in this race?

I was chosen by the judges of Winnebago County as Judicial Commissioner for my temperament and experience in the areas of criminal law, mental health law and juvenile law. No candidate has my years of experience or training in crime, mental health, and alcohol and drug addiction.

What do residents think are their most important issues and how would you address them?

Residents and police chiefs are concerned about violent crime and mental health and the rise of drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine. These problems literally take the lives of residents. These are the files I have been dealing with for eight years as a judicial auditor. I am committed to public safety and working together to find acceptable treatment plans for those in need. I successfully mobilized county departments and the private sector to find solutions to these dangerous issues. As a judge, I will work hard to find solutions to these issues for our community.

Lisa Kruger
  • Name: Lisa Kruger
  • Address: 1612 Pendleton Road, Neenah
  • Age: 45
  • Occupation: Family Affairs Commissioner
  • Highest education: Juris Doctor from Marquette University
  • Relevant experience: I am currently in a judicial role as Commissioner of Family Court. Prior to becoming a judge, I worked in private practice at the Van Lieshout law firm, practicing family law, estate planning, small claims, restraining orders, probate, and other civil litigation.
  • Campaign website: lisakruegerforjudge.org

Why are you running for election?

I am proud of the work I have done in family court and I want to do more. I am dedicated to helping people and have a strong passion for law. I want to continue Branch 3’s excellent reputation following the retirement of Judge Barbara Key.

What makes you the best candidate in this race?

My decision making sets me apart. I make important decisions in very short hearings. I have empathy for litigants, I listen to them, I assess the facts of each individual case, I apply the law and I make difficult decisions. I take the extra time to make sure they understand the process.

What do residents think are their most important issues and how would you address them?

Citizens are concerned about drug issues in our community. With respect to these cases, I will not only consider ways to protect the community, but also ways to rehabilitate the offender to break the cycle. When it comes to bail, citizens fear that people will be released with little or no cash bail. I will review each case individually, taking into account the seriousness of the charge, the individual’s appearance history at court hearings, the risk to the public. Based on this, I will set the appropriate bond. Either way, I will listen to the facts before me and apply the law fairly.

Contact Sophia Voight at [email protected] or 920-993-7102.

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