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Evers, Roggensack win re-election


MADISON (WKOW) -- In Wisconsin's two statewide races in Tuesday's election, Tony Evers won a second term as State Superintendent and Pat Roggensack won a second term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The race for State Superintendent featured two men with drastically different visions for the future of public education in Wisconsin and also different backgrounds. Evers has spent more than 30 years working in the education field. Pridemore, a Republican member of the State Assembly, has a background based primarily in business.

Pridemore, of Hartford, focused his campaign on local control of standards at the district level and greater competition among schools.

He supports Governor Walker's efforts to expand voucher schools to as many as nine more school districts, including Madison, an idea Evers strongly opposed. He cited poor performance in many existing voucher schools in Milwaukee and Racine.

Evers has also been critical of school funding levels is Governor Walker's budget, calling on state lawmakers to invest in public education rather than freeze funding.

This will be Evers second term as State Superintendent. He first won election to the job in 2009.

Evers said the win is not a personal victory but a victory for the kids of Wisconsin.

"We have a lot to be proud of in our public school system," Evers said in his victory speech. "We continue to have nation-leading graduation rates, we do well in advanced placement, we do well in the ACT courses that we take, the college entrance exam courses."

Evers says he plans to work with lawmakers about the things he disagrees with in Gov. Walker's latest budget proposals on education.

In the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court, incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack won re-election to the state's high court, defeating Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone.

Roggensack earns a second 10-year term on the court.

Fallone focused of his challenge on what he believed to be dysfunction on the court, pointing to the 2011 incident when justice David Prosser put his hands around the throat of Justice Ann Walsh Bradley.

Roggensack pointed to numbers showing the high court continuing to rule on cases through their disagreements and highlighted her experience as a judge, which Fallone does not have.

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