Edelstein Enters Race To Replace Outgoing Czisny

Attorney Doug Edelstein of Fond du Lac announced late Tuesday he is running for Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Branch 5.

Following the retirement of the Judge Robert J. Wirtz earlier this year, Paul Czisny was appointed to the bench by Governor Evers. On November 23rd Judge Czisny announced that he will not seek reelection in April, 2022.

Edelstein is currently the only candidate seeking election for this vacancy.

Edelstein was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 2009, and has been a full-time state prosecutor for more than a decade. He has been the Fond du Lac Deputy District Attorney since January 2019, managing a full caseload and overseeing many of the daily operations of the Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s Office.

He has prior private practice experience, and teaches business law part-time for Marian University. Edelstein estimates that he has conducted more than 75 jury trials in his career, bringing extensive trial experience as part of his candidacy for office.

He embraces his role as a prosecutor, noting, “[A]s a prosecutor, I have seen the effect crime has on the entire community. This includes both defendants, victims, and their respective families. As a circuit court judge I would seek to hold offenders accountable by imposing fair and proper penalties, while striving to keep the community safe.”

Edelstein is endorsed by local community law enforcement leaders to include: DA Eric Toney, Tom Storm (former DA), Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt, Sheriff Mick Fink (ret), Sheriff Jim Gilmore (ret), Chief Bill Wallner (Ripon), Chief Tom Dornbrook (Campbellsport), Chief Renee Schuster (Oakfield), Chief Scott Louden (Waupun), and Chief
Kevin Verdine (Rosendale).

As part of DA Toney’s endorsement, he commented, “Doug is thorough and thoughtful in his review of cases, he seeks fair and appropriate penalties, and will ensure violent criminals are kept off our

Chief Wallner of Ripon further adds “Doug is among the best at defending the rights of victims of crime, seeking justice for those victims, while still balancing the rights of those charged as defendants, making sure everyone gets fair treatment and justice.”

Outside the busy practice of law, Edelstein is married to his wife Megan, and is raising two children in Fond du Lac. He is a passionate outdoorsman and advocate for second amendment rights. To learn more and support Doug in the campaign, please visit Edelstein2022.com