Letter: Experience Really Does Matter
To the Editor-
Attorney David Knaapen’s substantial trial experience and his extensive legal knowledge is an
advantage over the other candidates for Portage County Circuit Court Judge.
He has worked both for Portage County and the State of Wisconsin as a prosecutor. He continues to handle a wide-ranging criminal caseload including crimes against persons, criminal traffic, property and other white collar offenses as well as homicides.
Attorney Knaapen entered the race with over 30 years of legal experience in criminal and civil law. His professional and community service, such as the president of JusticeWorks and a constitutional law adjunct professor, makes him the best choice for circuit court judge.
Throughout my 27-year law enforcement career and member of the Technical Reconstruction
Unit for the Wisconsin State Patrol, I have served as a witness in numerous courtrooms throughout the
State of Wisconsin. I can attest experience really does matter to serve as a circuit court judge.
Attorney Knaapen has demonstrated the intellectual capacity to interpret and apply established legal
principles to factual situations and to communicate the reasoning behind a legal conclusion. He has
earned the support of many law enforcement officers working in Portage County and is endorsed by the
Wisconsin Troopers’ Association, in which I am a board member.
Attorney Knaapen has integrity and is not influenced by partisan politics. He is supported by
community leaders, law enforcement officers, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys, professors,
democrats, republicans, independents and Portage County citizens from all walks of life. Attorney
Knaapen displays qualities of patience, open-mindedness, courtesy, tact, firmness, understanding,
compassion and humility. He has strong administrative skills to deal with the demands of large court
docket and complex lawsuits.
Attorney Knaapen has shown a devotion to the improvement and quality of justice. With his nearly
daily appearances in court, he is one of the most experienced litigators in Portage County. As a judge, I
am confident David Knaapen will be faithful to the law and make fair and impartial decisions in all cases.
Please join the Wisconsin Troopers’ Association and me in supporting David Knaapen for Circuit Court