Former District Judge Tlustosch is running for retired Judge Gonzalez’s seat – WIZM 92.3FM 1410AM

A former La Crosse County judge would love to do that job again.

Attorney Candice Tlustosch has launched a campaign for the Spring 2023 elections in the Circuit Court of the 1st Chamber to succeed retiring Judge Ramona Gonzalez.

Why announce a campaign almost a year before the election? “It’s really one of those things that takes a lot of time,” Tlustosch tells WIZM News. “I think a lot of people don’t pay a lot of attention to the local judicial races, so I really need this time to get out there and make sure people know what decisions they’re making and what they’re paying attention to.”

Tlustosch was made a judge in 2015 when Dale Pasell retired from Division 5, but lost to current judge Gloria Doyle in that year’s election campaign. She ran to succeed Gonzalez until the next election, but did not get an interview with the governor’s office.

Tlustosch says she received “a lot of support” for her decision to run for court again, and admits local judges are often criticized for decisions like letting suspects bail out of jail only to find new ones to commit crimes.

“When judges may have to make very difficult decisions, I think it’s important to look at the factors that they had to consider in making those decisions,” says Tlustosch. “One of the other most important things about being a judge is that we can’t represent from the bench, right? Nor can we take legal action from the bank.”

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