Iron County Progressive


The Iron Country Democratic Party has endorsed Doug Muskett as its write-in candidate for election as Iron County District Attorney.  Doug needs 200 write-in votes in the August 11 primary election to be on November’s general election ballot.

The present District Attorney, Republican Matt Tingtad, has been investigated for not residing in the county, a requirement under state law, and for abusing the legal process by sending a bogus subpoena in a case he is prosecuting.

Following is Doug’s news announcement.

NEWS RELEASE                                                For additional information contact:

                                                                                    Douglas Muskett (314-629-1477)



Douglas Muskett, a local attorney, has announced that he is running for Iron County District Attorney as a Democratic Party write-in candidate in the August 11 primary election.

Muskett will be on November’s general election ballot if he receives 200 write-in votes in the primary. In the general election, he will face the incumbent, Matthew Tingstad.

Attorney Muskett is a partner at McKenzie & Muskett in Bessemer, Michigan, where he practices as a trial attorney.

His parents, Roger and Debbie Muskett, met in Marenisco, and were public school teachers in southern Wisconsin.  They retired several years ago and now reside year-round near the Gile Flowage in the town of Pence.

Growing up mostly in Wisconsin, Attorney. Muskett graduated from high school in Manitowoc and then graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, where he was a double major in mathematics and philosophy.

He attended law school at Washington University in St Louis, practicing in St. Louis after graduation. He mainly did commercial litigation – lawsuits over commercial contracts and business transactions - in Missouri and Illinois.  While in St Louis, he also worked on appeals in the Eastern District of Missouri and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

He passed the Wisconsin Bar in 2015, and then in 2016 joined the family firm, then known as McKenzie & Talaska. Douglass worked there with his uncle Jim McKenzie and his cousin Anna Talaska

His practice in the Northwoods has focused on trial work, both civil and criminal. An experienced trial attorney, he regularly does jury trials, both civil and criminal. In the past few years, he has had three jury trials where his clients were facing possible life sentences. All three of his clients were found not guilty by the juries for the counts carrying the life sentences.   He has done appellate work in the Western District of Wisconsin and the Western District of Michigan, on both civil and criminal matters.

A regular at the Iron County Courthouse, Attorney Muskett represents the Iron County Human Services department on the mental health commitments and guardianships for the county. He routinely takes private cases in Iron County, including divorces, civil disputes, child custody cases, and felony criminal cases.

His office also has the public defense contract for Gogebic County. For the past three years, Mr. Muskett has defended indigent defendants on felonies and misdemeanors, ranging from minor trespasses to armed robberies and attempted murder.

His experience as a defense attorney has led him to believe that serious violence offenses should be prosecuted, rather than plead down – but minor drug infractions are best resolved with treatment and community service, rather than jail time at county expense.

He is an active board member of the Historical Ironwood Theater, a member of the Ironwood-Hurley Rotary club and the Bessemer Township Business and Professional Men’s Association and is a past president of the Gogebic-Ontonagon Bar Association.

Attorney Muskett is asking the voters of Iron County to support his campaign for District Attorney by writing him in on the ballot for the August 11 Democratic primary.  If elected, he will dedicate himself to serving all the people of Iron County.  Attorney Muskett wants Iron County to have a District Attorney and criminal justice system it can be proud of.