Justice Kelly says race is about court's direction

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly says he has been energized by people who were excited with the election of conservative Justice-elect Brian Hagedorn earlier this year.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly

Kelly announced Tuesday that he is seeking a full 10-year term on the court next year. Kelly is part of the conservative majority that will grow to 5-2 once Hagedorn joins in August.

He says the race is about what direction the court will take, even though majority control isn't at stake.

Kelly says he and Hagedorn share the same judicial philosophy. Kelly worked for a conservative law firm before then-Gov. Scott Walker appointed him to the Supreme Court in 2016. After Justice Prosser Jr. announced his retirement.

Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette University Law School professor Ed Fallone are also running.