- Another familiar face is entering the Oneida County District Attorney Race. Former DA Michael Bloom is replacing Judge Mark Mangerson, and this fall voters will choose his replacement.
Attorney Mike Schiek has been a fixture in Northwoods courthouses for ten years. But his role has most often been on the OTHER side of the courtroom as a criminal defense attorney.
Schiek was raised in Rhinelander and only left for college and a stint with the Marine Corps. He's practiced his entire career at O'Melia, Schiek and McEldowney.
Schiek enjoys helping people who have found themselves in trouble, and is most rewarded when he can help someone move on with their life.
"That's enjoyable to watch, somebody make a transition. When they do get into trouble, they know what the issue is, they change their lives after they've been in trouble, it's a first time offense and have never been in trouble before. Then they address the issue and that's the last we'll see of them," says Schiek.
Schiek has thought about becoming a DA for awhile but decided to get more experience rather than run in the last election.
Schiek says his knowledge of criminal defense will help him build strong cases for prosecution.
"I've seen most of what's going to be thrown at a DA's position. That experience in being able to analyze a case from a defense perspective and then being able to use that experience to look at it from a prosecution standpoint, I think is required. I think it's a great opportunity to do that from both sides of the table," says Schiek.
Electing a DA is different from electing a judge. Judges are non-partisan. But DA candidates must choose a political party.
"I don't understand it, to be honest with you. I think whether I run as a Republican or I run as a Democrat it's not going to make any difference to me what political affiliation you're from. My job is to represent the people of Oneida County and that's through the state."
Schiek says criminal defense will always be important to him. But he saw this as a chance to give back and represent the people of Oneida County, rather than one client at a time.