Kenosha Judicial Race; Judicial Appointments in Both Racine and Kenosha

Nov. 30, 2023 8p

(WGTD)---Gov. Evers filled a pair of circuit court vacancies Thursday.

A Racine native who has practiced law extensively in Racine and Kenosha is Racine County’s newest judge. Toni Young was appointed to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Maureen Martinez. Young will fill a term that expires this summer.

Most recently, Young was the local attorney manager for the public defender’s office in Janesville. She began her legal career as a contract analyst for Manpower in Milwaukee in 2006.

In Kenosha County,  Paddock Lake Attorney Frank Gagliardi was appointed to replace Judge Bruce Schroeder, who retired after 40 years on the bench. Gagliardi has been practicing law with his father Paul since 2006, specializing in personal injury and family law litigation. He gained some criminal law experience while filling in as a Kenosha County court commissioner. Gagliardi’s term will expire next year, and he’ll need to win in the spring election in order to retain his seat.

Gagliardi already has opposition. Court Commission Heather Iverson has announced she’ll be running. Iverson—raised in Kenosha-- has served as commissioner since 2021. Iverson did not apply for the Evers appointment.