Evers, Holtz advance in state superintendent's race

Less than a week before the primary, Humphries admitted in a February 15 interview with the Wisconsin State Journal that he had made an agreement with Holtz to collaborate to defeat Evers.

"Absolutely not", says Evers, who has led Wisconsin schools for the last eight years.

The race is officially nonpartisan but Holtz has been running as the more conservative alternative to Evers.

Evers and Holtz defeated former Dodgeville administrator John Humphries to advance. The incumbent Department of Public Instruction Superintendent received 60,035 votes to 4,789 for Holtz and 2,677 for Humphries.

Part of that proposal suggested if Holtz dropped out he would be put in charge of a handful of large school districts and given powers to break apart districts and take over school boards - abilities that do not exist in state law. Funding public schools is not a Republican or a Democratic issue, it is our society's moral obligation to care for our children. Holtz supports expanding them.

Although there are no races as heated and high profile as that one, the ballot today includes a three-way race for the job of overseeing Wisconsin's kindergarten through 12th-grade education system.

In an interview earlier this month, Holtz said he believed an expanded program for private school vouchers was the direction Wisconsin is headed in and that he welcomed the idea of a voucher in every backpack. In addition to Republican groups, conservative advocacy group Wisconsin Family Action endorsed Holtz in the primary.

"From my perspective, Tony's a classy guy", Holtz said.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin state schools Superintendent Tony Evers has advanced in Tuesday's primary. "I don't dismiss that position of his and we're just going to work twice as hard going forward".

  • Larry Hoffman