LANGLADE COUNTY - Since March, Langlade County hasn't had a district attorney.
Its former district attorney Ralph Uttke went to work in Marathon County. The governor could have appointed someone for the job, but chose not to. Since then, a special prosecutor has been filling in.
But all district attorney positions statewide are up for election on November 8th.
Now Portage County assistant district attorney, Elizabeth Constable, will run for the position.
"It was always my plan to be a prosecutor," Constable said "And that's what I've done for my entire career."
Constable has been an assistant district attorney in Portage County for the past two years and also an assistant DA in Wood County for five years before that.
"I'm at the point in my career that I feel qualified to step into a leadership position," Constable said.
So when former Langlade County District Attorney Ralph Uttke left the office this spring, Constable saw her opportunity. She has a home ouside Elcho, so she decided to run��"and she's running uncontested.
"It all just worked out perfectly," Constable said.
Newswatch 12 caught Constable on vacation. But if she wasn't, she probably would have been in the courtroom. In her seven years, she's prosecuted 25 jury trials. But she's passionate about the justice system because she's seen it work, and wants it to work.
"I've had cases where I've really seen a turnaround in the defendent...the objectives of the sentencing actually worked," Constable said.
Part of that passion comes not only from her law degree from University of Wisconsin Law School. Before that, Constable got her masters in religion and philosophy from Harvard University��"on a full scholarship.
"Kind of studying people, who we are, what we do , how we think, what motivates us," Constable said.
It's that kind of study that lends itself well to her work as a prosecutor, she said.
"I really do also want to see that the defendants for the most part I just want to see them get on the right path," Constable said.