MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on Wisconsin Supreme Court race (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer is rejecting labeling her as the Democratic Party choice in the officially nonpartisan race.

Neubauer is the first candidate to announce in the race to be decided in April. She's the chief judge on the state appeals court and was appointed by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle in 2007.

Neubauer said Thursday in an interview that it would be "unfortunate" to label her as the Democratic pick rather than looking through her record on the court.

Neubauer declined to take a position on President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, refused to name a state Supreme Court justice she admires and asked that political parties and partisan-aligned outside groups stay out of the race.

Unlike other recent candidates for the Supreme Court, she declined to criticize how it's operated in recent years.


7:02 a.m.

Lisa Neubauer, the chief judge on the state appeals court, is running for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Neubauer announced her candidacy on Thursday. She is the first candidate to officially announce plans to run for the seat being vacated next year by retiring Justice Shirley Abrahamson. At least three others are considering getting in.

The election to replace Abrahamson is in April.

Neubauer was appointed to the appeals court by then-Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, in 2007.

Abrahamson is part of a two-justice liberal minority on the seven-member court that will grow to three when Rebecca Dallet joins in August.

Others considering running next year are former Gov. Scott Walker attorney and fellow appeals court judge Brian Hagedorn; Waukesha County Circuit Judge Maria Lazar; and Democratic Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ.