Stacy A. Smith of Elroy is officially announcing his candidacy for the office of Juneau County Circuit Court Judge.

The 50-year-old Smith has 21 years of experience as a lawyer. Six years in private practice handling a wide range of cases, including family law, criminal defense, real estate, contracts, juvenile matters and personal injury cases. For the past 15 years, he has been an assistant district attorney in both Juneau and Vernon Counties. Smith has handled thousands of cases, including hundreds of trials.

Currently, Smith is an Assistant District Attorney in Vernon County. During his 21 years of experience Smith has worked on basically every type of case including: homicides, sexual assaults, stalking cases, kidnappings, battery cases, OWIs, CHIPS matters and Termination of Parental Rights cases.

Smith was also the first Municipal Judge for the Regional Center Court, which included Elroy, Wonewoc and Union Center. Judge Smith established many of the policies and procedure still followed today.

Stacy and his wife of 29 years, Becky, have lived in Elroy for going on 14 years. Becky is a nurse and works fulltime at Mayo Healthcare in La Crosse as a Nursing Supervisor and also works part-time at Mile Bluff Medical Center Mauston in the E.R. The Smith’s three children all graduated from Royall High School.

Stacy has always held a strong belief in giving back to the community and has been active in the community in many ways. A few of the areas where he has been involved are: Elder at Bible Baptist Church, a member of the Elroy Lion’s Club where he has held many positions including twice as president, youth basketball coach for both boys and girls. He is a former Boy Scout Scoutmaster. He has also traveled three times to Poland to teach English.

Smith would like to establish a Treatment Court System similar to the treatment court he helped establish in Vernon County to help with the issues of alcohol abuse and abuse of drugs, such as methamphetamine and heroin. Smith has attended numerous state and federal trainings relating to treatment courts. “Drugs are a scourge on society and can no longer be ignored. Dealers need to be dealt with harshly, but people, especially young people, who are addicted to these drugs, need help. Most of us have had close friends or family members who have suffered the effects of abusing either alcohol or drugs, who needed a second chance.” Smith also knows that studies have shown that long-term treatment is cost effective; every $1 spent of treatment courts saves taxpayers $2 in the expenses of incarceration, attorney’s fees, loss of work productivity and cost of foster care for the children.

If you would like to contact Stacy Smith directly with any questions or comments, he will have a Facebook page up in the next few weeks and his personal e-mail is saslaw1@yahoo.com.