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No third term for Supreme Court Justice Crooks


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks says he won't run for a third term.

Crooks issued a statement Wednesday saying he won't seek re-election this spring. Joe Donald, a Milwaukee County circuit judge, and Joanne Kloppenburg and Rebecca Bradley, both state appellate judges, are all running for Crooks' seat. Bradley registered to run on Tuesday.

A Feb. 16 primary will narrow the field to two candidates. They'll advance to the general election on April 5.

Crooks, a 77-year-old former Brown County judge, won his first 10-year term on the high court in 1996 and won re-election in 2006. His current term ends on July 31.

He's one of seven Supreme Court justices. He's typically seen as a swing vote between the four-justice conservative majority and the two-justice liberal minority.

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