Superintendent Tony Evers easily won a third term as Wisconsin’s top education official over an underfunded conservative opponent dogged by questions over whether he broke state law by using a public school account to send campaign-related emails.
The win keeps Evers in place as the only Democratic-backed statewide official in a meaningful office. Even though the race is officially nonpartisan, Evers had strong support from Democrats along with state and national teachers’ unions who favored his positions in support of increased funding for public schools and opposition to private school vouchers.
While Evers pledged to stand up for what he called progressive issues, such as keeping guns out of classrooms and supporting transgender rights, he said his wide election win showed that Republicans also supported him.
A version of this article appeared in the April 19, 2017 edition of Education Week as Evers Wins Re-Election as Wisconsin Schools Chief