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Committee Sends Names of G.A.B. Nominees to Governor

April 28, 2008

MADISON, WI – Four former judges were nominated today to fill two vacancies on Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.). Governor Jim Doyle will appoint two and send their names to the Wisconsin Senate for confirmation.

The Government Accountability Candidate Committee – made up of four current Wisconsin Appeals Court judges – nominated former Eau Claire County Circuit Judge Thomas Barland, former Winnebago County Circuit Judge Robert Haase, former Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Victor Manian and former Court of Appeals Judge Gordon Myse.

“We are moving as quickly as possible to fill vacancies on the Board and fulfill our responsibilities,” G.A.B. Director Kevin Kennedy said. “I am hopeful the Governor will act expeditiously so the Board can proceed with its important work without interruption.”

The board and its staff are responsible for administration and enforcement of campaign finance, elections, ethics and lobbying laws in Wisconsin.
Two members of the six-member G.A.B. resigned on April 8 after the Wisconsin Department of Justice ruled they could not serve on the board until their former judicial terms had ended.

The four nominees were chosen from a list of interested former judges who submitted their names for consideration by the April 24 deadline. Members of the Government Accountability Candidate Committee are Wisconsin Appeals Court judges Patricia Curley, Harry Snyder, Gregory Peterson, Margaret Vergeront.