THE RIGHT JUDGE FOR POLK COUNTY
APPOINTED BY GOV. WALKER TO THE BENCH IN POLK COUNTY
DETERMINED TO MAKE POLK COUNTY A BETTER PLACE

Background

Luck for a lifetime

Born and raised in Polk County
My parents, Dr. Gerald J. Tolan and Bernadette L. Tolan, moved to Luck, Wisconsin, in 1962. With the exception of college, law school, and a brief commuting period, I have lived in the Luck community my entire life. I went to kindergarten, grade school, and high school in the Luck public school district, graduating from Luck High School in 1985. My wife, Sue, and I have lived in Luck our entire married life, and our son, Taylor, graduated from Luck High School as well.

Philosophy

Accountability, transparency

Making the judicial system work as intended
I will offer fairness and knowledge of the law in multiple areas, along with compassion. I have worked in our local courts for the last nineteen years. I know how the system works and I have some ideas to try and make it work better and more efficiently and effectively for the people of our county. I know and understand the values and concerns of the people of Polk County. I believe in second chances, but I also believe that individuals are accountable for their actions.

Qualifications

A career entirely in
northwest Wisconsin

In law, business, and government
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay with a bachelor of arts degree in literature and language in 1992. I received my juris doctorate from Hamline University School of Law in 1996, was admitted to the Minnesota bar that year, and the Wisconsin bar a year later. I then opened Tolan Legal Services in Luck. I also did private work as a public defender in Polk County and later began doing prosecutor work for Polk, Burnett, and Washburn counties.

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