Door County Circuit Court Judge D. Todd Ehlers has announced he will not be running for re-election at the end of his current term, as he has submitted his notification of non-candidacy to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Having been one of the county’s judges since the year 2000, Judge Ehlers plans to retire at the end of his current term, his 4th six-year term on the bench, and he will be the 3rd longest-serving judge in Door County history.
A Sevastopol native, Judge Ehlers graduated from St. Norbert’s and Marquette University law school before practicing law in Sturgeon Bay for 16 years prior to his election. He was later elected to serve on the Wisconsin Criminal Jury Instructions Committee from 2010 to 2020, the last 3 years as its chair. In 2012, he was appointed to the Wisconsin Judicial Conduct Advisory Committee for 9 years, also with the last 5 years as that committee’s chair.
Judge Elhers extends thanks to his judicial colleagues, court reporters, judicial assistants and other court staff, clerks of court, and their deputy clerks. He comments, “It has been my extreme pleasure to have served the citizens of Door County and the State of Wisconsin as one of their circuit court judges the past 23 years. What greater privilege and honor could there be than to have the chance to return to the community where you were born and raised to work and serve for almost 40 years.”
Judge Ehlers’ current term ends on July 31st next summer, and the election to fill his vacancy will be held in spring election this coming April.