Dane County DA Wins Seat On Wis. Dist. 4 Appeals Court

Posted Tuesday, April 6, 2010 --- 10:10 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard defeated Richland County Circuit Judge Edward Leineweber for a seat on the District 4 Court of Appeals in Wisconsin.

With 66 percent of precincts reporting in Tuesday's election, Blanchard led Leineweber 63 percent to 37 percent.

Blanchard, 51, takes over a seat being vacated by Judge Charles Dykman, who is retiring after serving on the appeals court since 1978. Blanchard has been Dane County district attorney since 2001.

The 24-county district includes the southern and central Wisconsin counties of Adams, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Marquette, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Vernon, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood.

Leineweber, 61, has been Richland County judge since 1997.

Blanchard begins his six-year term on Aug. 1 on the four-member court. The salary is $136,316.

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