Evers, Holtz Advance to General Election for Wisconsin Superintendent

Lynne Hanson
February 23, 2017

The election is a primary, which generally means the two candidates with the most votes advance to the April election. Here are some questions and answers about the race.

- Town of Westport - Evers, 372; Holtz, 40; Humphries, 23. The state Elections Commission broke with tradition and didn't make a turnout prediction, although turnout for primaries in the past three state superintendent races has averaged at less than 6 percent.

Rock County vote totals in that race were 5,889 votes for incumbent Superintendent Tony Evers, 1,283 votes for Lowell Holtz and 530 votes for John Humphries. Humphries and Holtz are both school choice backers who oppose Common Core.

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Today is the first Wisconsin-wide election since the November contest that resulted in the Donald J. Trump presidency.

Evers is a two-term incumbent who is backed by Democrats and public school advocates. Humphries also wants to overhaul the state report card and create a way for low-performing schools to be reorganized into charter or private voucher schools. I really believe in local control. Last week, Humphries and Holtz traded accusations over an alleged proposal that one of the men drop out of the race in exchange for a guaranteed position at the Department of Public Instruction. Holtz has the support of Pro-Life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Action and two dozen Republican lawmakers.

That recall was spurred by anger of the law Walker championed that all but eliminated collective bargaining for public school teachers and other public workers, and forced them to pay more for their health insurance and pension benefits.

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