Solovey reaffirms bid for reelection

by Eva Marie Woywod

The race for Juneau County District Attorney is promising to
be an interesting one. As reported earlier this year, Juneau
County Board Supervisors voted in favor of requesting that current
district attorney, Michael Solovey, resign his position and
allow Governor Walker to appoint a successor.

It was then that The Messenger interviewed Juneau County
Board Charmian Alan K, Peterson who made the claim that the
county was in position to be “sued by several people because of
his (Solovey’s) actions”.

Solovey refused to resign and at the time countered that the
board’s actions were purely political.
"As a District Attorney I have come to realize that the better
job that I do, the more enemies I may make; and that threats
and intimidation—from criminal elements—are a routine part
of the job. In working very hard to earn the trust and respect of
the voters of Juneau County by seeing to it that justice is done
for all citizens, I have consistently refused to bow to political
influence or stir up unfavorable publicity against the county,"
Solovey stated.

It must be noted that at the March meeting of the Juneau
County Supervisors, local law enforcement also spoke out with
some issuing statements claiming a lack of confidence in
Solovey’s abilities to carry out the duties of his elected district
attorney position.

It was also then that Solovey stated he would run for
re-election. Since that announcement, two other Juneau County
residents announced they too would be entering the race; Stacy
Smith and Kenneth Hamm, who will face one another in an
August 9 primary.

On Monday of this week, Solovey issued a release reaffirming
his March statement that he will indeed seek relection.
In his release he stated that his office as district attorney
would have just one client, “all the people of Juneau
County.”

He went on to state:
“I am pleased to announce my candidacy for re-election to the office of District Attorney
of Juneau County on the August 9th Republican Primary Election ballot.

Over 3 non-consecutive terms and 8 total years as your
District Attorney, I have worked hard to establish a
record of which I am justifiably proud; a record of charging
all cases where there is sufficient evidence to do so
and winning convictions in all cases where there was evidence
of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”
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Michael Solovey's full press release announcing candidacy

PRESS RELEASE FROM DISTRICT ATTORNEY MIKE SOLOVEY
June 6, 2015

I am pleased to announce my candidacy for re-election to the office of District Attorney of Juneau County on the August 9th Republican Primary Election ballot.

Over 3 non-consecutive terms and 8 total years as your District Attorney I have worked hard to establish a record of which I am justifiably proud; a record...of charging all cases where there is sufficient evidence to do so and winning convictions in all cases where there was evidence of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt; of financial restraint [ our 2016 budget is $7,821.00 less than the 2012 budget]; of openness and accessibility to both law enforcement and the general public; of transparency to the news media; as well as a new era of good relations with the general public, without self-serving personal agendas, lawsuits, complaints and publicity seeking.

In addition to my record of fair and efficient law enforcement I have resisted personal threats and political attacks from the Chairman of the County Board and, in doing so, protected the voters’ freedom of choice among candidates; defended the constitutional principle of separation of powers; and preserved the independence of the district attorney’s office against the influence and control of the powerful and privileged.

If re-elected, I pledge to continue to be guided by the principles:
• That I have but one client...all of the people of Juneau County;
• That I have but one duty...to see that justice is done for all the people; and
• That I be fair and efficient in the operations of the office, and impartial in my decisions.

I respectfully request the people’s support throughout this campaign and in the Primary Election on August 9, 2016, so that ‘justice for all’ may continue to include all of the people of Juneau County, not just the powerful few.

Very truly yours,

Mike Solovey
District Attorney