Douglas County judges seek reelection

Judge George Glonek has served since 2002; Judge Kelly Thimm since 2009.

Douglas County, Wis., Courtroom
Douglas County Circuit Court, Superior, Wisconsin. (Jed Carlson /
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Douglas County Circuit Court Judges Kelly Thimm and George Glonek announced this week that they will both seek another judicial term. The current term for both Thimm and Glonek expires July 31, 2021.

Thimm was elected to Circuit Court Branch 1 in August 2009 following the retirement of Judge Michael Lucci. Thimm was reelected in 2015.

Glonek was appointed to Circuit Court Branch 2 following the death of former Judge Joseph McDonald in 2002 and was reelected in 2003, 2009 and 2015.

Both men were raised in Superior and graduated from Superior High School. They announced their intent to seek another term in a joint press release.

“By growing up in Superior and raising our own families here, both George and I have a strong commitment to this community and all of its people,” Thimm said.


Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Thimm is seeking reelection this spring. (Photo courtesy of Judge George Glonek)

“Kelly and I hope to continue to have the privilege to serve the residents of Douglas County as members of our local judiciary,” Glonek said.

Thimm received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin. He worked as an assistant district attorney in Douglas County from 1997 until he was elected judge.

Glonek attended Marquette University, where he received both his undergraduate degree and his law degree with honors. Following law school, Glonek worked as a private attorney in Milwaukee and Superior for eight years until he was appointed Douglas County Court Circuit Commissioner in 1997. He served in that capacity until he was appointed to the bench.

Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek is seeking reelection this spring. (Photo courtesy of Judge George Glonek)

Both judges are members of the Superior Optimist Club and have been attorney coaches for the Superior High School Mock Trial Program. In 2003, Glonek was recognized as the Outstanding Young Superiorite by the Superior Jaycees. Thimm received the same honor in 2007. Both men have also been inducted into the Superior Academic Hall of Fame.


Professionally, the judges have been actively involved with different committees that impact the local justice system. In addition, they are members of the Douglas County Bar Association.

Glonek serves as chair of the Courthouse Security and Facilities Committee. Thimm serves as co-chair of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee and presides over the Douglas County Drug Treatment Court.

The spring election will be held on April 6, 2021.

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