Foy, Cain advance in race to replace Judge Voiland

Just 44 votes in crowded primary election separated front-runners vying for Branch II Ozaukee circuit judge
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BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

Angela Foy and Steve Cain outpolled two other challengers in a rare primary election for Ozaukee County Circuit Court judge Tuesday to advance to the April 2 general election in their quest to succeed Judge Joseph Voiland on the Branch II bench.

Foy received 2,771 votes (34.1%) to edge Cain by a mere 44 ballots. He received 2,722 votes (33.6%) in an election marked by low turnout. Only 13.5% of Ozaukee County voters cast ballots.

Both Foy and Cain are from Cedarburg.

Eliminated from the race were Mark Larson, a lawyer from Cedarburg who received  1,754 votes (21.6%), and James Wawrzyn, a lawyer from Mequon who received 853 votes (10.5%).

Voiland, whose single term in office will be remembered for the investigations of the Ozaukee County court system he prompted with allegations of wrongdoing, is not running for re-election. He was elected to the Branch II bench in 2013, upsetting veteran Judge Tom Wolfgram with a campaign that focused on Wolfgram’s decision to sign the Gov. Scott Walker recall petition.

This race has focused on experience and qualifications.

Foy, 40, who has practiced in several areas of the law and now specializes in family law with the Milwaukee law firm Halling & Cayo, said during a Feb. 11 League of Women Voters of Ozaukee County forum that the breadth of her experience is what qualifies her for the bench.

“I can’t tell you how many hearings and trials I’ve had in my career,” Foy said, adding that lawyers with substantial experience learn what makes some judges better than others.

Foy, critic of Voiland who entered the race before Voiland declared he was not seeking another term, said, “I can’t sit by and not take action when I see how much better we can be.”

Cain, 44, said he is “uniquely qualified” for circuit court judge by virtue of the fact he has served as Mid-Moraine Municipal Court judge since being elected to the post in 2009 and is an attorney specializing in municipal law and general litigation with the Cedarburg firm Stippich, Selin & Cain. “I believe being a guardian of civil rights is my role,” he said. 

The winner of the April 2 general election will begin a six-year term on the bench Aug. 1.

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