Three candidates on ballot in February 21 primary for Superintendent of Public Instruction

By LeAnn R. Ralph

Three candidates will be on the ballot state-wide for Superintendent of Public Instruction in the February 21 primary.

Tony Evers, incumbent state Superintendent, will face challengers Lowell E. Holtz and John Humphries.

Evers was first elected as state Superintendent of Public Instruction in the April 7, 2009, election. He was re-elected April 2, 2013. 

The Superintendent of Public Instruction works with Wisconsin’s school districts and provides information to the public about school attendance, management and performance. The Department of Public Instruction also licenses teachers working in Wisconsin and receives and distributes aid provided for schools by the federal government.

Evers has experience as a classroom teacher and also has served as a principal and as a school district administrator. He has worked as an administrator for the Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) and has served as deputy state superintendent.

Evers is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin and grew up in Plymouth. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from UW-Madison.

Wisconsin has 12 CESA districts that provide services to school districts. Some school districts, for example, contract with CESAs for professional staff, such as speech therapists or occupational therapists.

Holtz grew up in Wisconsin and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia University, a Master of Science from UW-Madison and a Doctor of Education from Cardinal Stritch University.

He has served as a classroom teacher for grades three and four, as a principal in a suburban middle school, as a district administrator in both rural and urban districts and as an adjunct graduate program instructor. 

Humphries also is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin and earned a Bachelor of Science in bacteriology from UW-Madison and has worked in biotechnology companies and UW-Madison research labs. He also served as a volunteer science and math tutor and then later on earned a Master’s Degree in Education from UW-Whitewater, an Education Specialist degree from UW-Madison and licenses as a superintendent of schools and director of special education and pupil services. He is a nationally-certified school psychologist as well. He has worked in rural and urban school districts for almost 20 years. 

All polling places open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Voter identification is now needed to vote in Wisconsin.