At the January 13th, 2010 party membership meeting, the WCDP endorsed Court Commissioner David Keck for Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge in Branch 5.
Mr. Keck spoke to the members assembled about his history as a public defender, Court Commissioner and one of the founders of the Winnebago County Free Legal Assistance Clinic that offers legal advice to those who are unable to afford legal services.
Mr. Keck also helped create a program with the Christine Ann Center to provide legal representation to domestic abuse victims who need to appear in court for restraining orders or stalking cases.
Mr. Keck focused on how these victims need the confidence and help from representation as they face their victims for often the first time after leaving.
Mr. Keck has a record as a Court Commissioner of judging cases based on the fact before him, not the people. This record coupled with the compassion he outlined in a recent Oshkosh Northwestern profile:
Keck said the programs ensure professional representation in court for that those without the financial means to hire an attorney. Going into a court proceeding without a lawyer and not understanding the legal proceedings is not fair to all parties involved, he said.
"Because of the way I do hearings and make decisions, I see a need for all people to get a chance to be represented," said Keck, who was a staff attorney with the State Public Defender's Office for 13 years before becoming court commissioner. "It's like being a referee of a game where one team doesn't know what the rules are. It's hard to be fair when one side doesn't know the rules to play by."
…is why your Winnebago County Democratic Party urges you to vote for David Keck in the Judges Primary on February 16th.