September 15, 2014

Pridemore ponders run for DPI chief

A conservative lawmaker considers a run for state superintendent.

State Representative Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) files papers to form a committee to explore the possibility of running for Superintendent of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction this coming spring. In a press release, the Hartford Republican says, “The status quo is simply not working,” despite spending billions of dollars on education in Wisconsin.”

Governor Scott Walker says it’s a very important race, but he “may or may not get involved” in it. “You know, I’m assuming there may be other candidates. I’ve had a good working relationship with Dr. Evers. As I’ve said last week, I’m not certain, at all, if I’ll make an endorsement. If so, I’ll obviously want to talk to the candidates.”

Current Superintendent Tony Evers and the Republican governor have recently worked together on a couple of education issues. Pridemore plans to approach donors about challenging Evers, who is seeking a second four-year term.

Pridemore expects to make a final a decision on the race by Monday. The election is April 2nd, but if a primary is needed, it will be held on February 19th.

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