Incumbent Tony Evers, who garnered nearly 70 percent of the vote in a three-way primary race for State Superintendent Tuesday, said his large margin of victory reflects the commitment of Wisconsin residents to quality public education.
“And more importantly, I really tried in this election, thus far and I’m going to continue, to focus on the 860,000 public school kids and their needs and try to avoid the issue of this policy and that policy and focus on kids,” Evers said, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
Lowell Hotz, who came in second place with just 23 percent of the vote and will face Evers in the April 4 general election, is a strong supporter of taxpayer-financed private voucher schools and privately run charter schools and is a supporter of President Donald Trump’s controversial pro-privatization U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Evers told WisPolitics.com he didn’t know if reports of a possible secret deal between Holtz and the other challenger, John Humphries (who garnered just 7 percent of the vote), affected the outcome of the primary. But he said “people in Wisconsin value trustworthiness and integrity.”
“I think this worked against both of them,” Evers told WisPolitics. “I never guessed this race would have that role in it.” WisPolitics went on to report:
And he added that because both his primary opponents “engaged in untrustworthy behavior,” the issue could still dog Holtz as the two head into the general election.
Evers “fully anticipates” outside money will come in during the general election to help Holtz, especially from groups that support school choice, and “will play a role in this race.”
“We’ll be working twice as hard as we were going into this race” in anticipation of the challenge that money would pose, Evers said.
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“And more importantly, I really tried in this election, thus far and I’m going to continue, to focus on the 860,000 public school kids and their needs and try to avoid the issue of this policy and that policy and focus on kids,” Evers said, according
Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Two-term Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers was the clear front-runner in Tuesday’s primary election, earning the right to defend his seat in the April election. The Associated Press reported that he would advance, as will former Beloit and Whitnall Superintendent Lowell Holtz. Evers, who is seeking a third four-year term, had about 60% around 8:30 p.m.
Read more in the Wisconsin State Journal:
State Superintendent Tony Evers easily advanced through Tuesday’s primary election and will face Lowell Holtz in the April 4 general election. Evers, seeking a third term as state superintendent, garnered more than 60 percent of the votes cast on Tuesday as of 8:30 p.m., before votes in liberal Dane County were tallied.