Happy New Year, Moms! We're excited to start a fresh year with all of you and spotlight some MORE amazing moms in our community.
This month, we're thrilled to introduce you to Krista LaFave, attorney, candidate for Wauwatosa Municipal Judge, and mom to a five year old.
There's nothing stopping her from following her dreams and showing up for her community time and time again. Get ready to feel inspired by reading our exclusive 1:1 interview with Krista!
Favorite thing about the month of January?
I love that it is a fresh start to a new year. After a busy end of December, I enjoy the quiet pace of a new month and year.
Where do you work and what do you do?
I am an attorney at the Warshafsky Law Firm. I am a civil litigator and represent individuals who sustain personally injuries due to the negligence of others. This means I represent people hurt in car crashes, product failures, and more. I work with individuals from right after their injury all the way through a trial and appeal, if needed. This area of law is much more complex and nuanced than many people (even attorneys) realize. I really enjoy fighting for the individual and protecting their interests.
Tell us about your family.
I am a single mother raising a 5-year-old daughter. As an only child, I am fortunate that my parents live nearby and I see them on a regular basis. The rest of my family is by choice, including some incredible friends who are sisters to me.
Favorite Milwaukee spot to go with your family?
We love exploring all of the incredible parks in Milwaukee County. The swan boats in Veterans Park and the hike on Seven Bridges Trail in Grant Park are two of our favorite spots. In Wauwatosa, my daughter loves Ruckus & Glee toy store of course! We enjoy walking around the Village and Hart Park, or grabbing coffee or a meal down the street from our house on North Avenue.
What knowledge would you share with a new working mom?
To give yourself grace. People – including you – are doing the best they can with the tools they have. You are taking on a new role in life and there will be changes. Give yourself grace that you are doing the best you can right now. It will get easier as you figure out what works (or doesn’t!) for you and your family.
You’re running for office! Tell us what you’re running for and why you decided to run.
I am running for Wauwatosa Municipal Judge and will be on the ballot in the April 2022 election. I am running because I care deeply about the Wauwatosa community. I have always volunteered in various roles in the community, and this is another way for me to contribute to my community. A municipal judge makes decisions based on the facts and ordinances or laws before her. It is her role to determine whether a law or ordinance was violated, and, if so, the punishment for that. This is an important function in ensuring safety and equal ordinance application and enforcement in our community. I will not shy away from making difficult determinations based on the cases before the Court.
What’s your campaign about / goals?
As Wauwatosa’s municipal judge, I would ensure that the municipal court is accessible and fair. For many people, the municipal court is their only touchpoint with the judicial system. It is important that they are treated justly and fairly by the municipal judge and the court. I would work with court staff to update our court website to provide more information for the public so that each person who appears in municipal court has access to the same information. I want to ensure that the court system run as efficiently and effectively as possible, while ensuring that justice is served.
How can we learn more?
My campaign’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/KristaforJudge and the website with even more information is www.kristaforjudge.com. Feel free to reach out directly to me at email@example.com or 414-316-8609! I want to connect with as many voters as possible prior to election day.