|Roggensack, Evers win statewide contests|
By Gary Ridderbusch
State Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack easily won a second term in Tuesday’s election, beating Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone.
Meanwhile, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers withstood a challenge from Republican state Rep. Don Pridemore.
With 99% of precincts reporting, Roggensack had 57% of the vote to Fallone’s 43%.
During her campaign, Roggensack touted her experience in the race, including serving seven years
on the Court of Appeals and nearly 10 years on the Supreme Court. She had the backing of law enforcement and more than 100 judges, as well as the state Republican Party.
Fallone, who had the support of Democrats and unions, contended the high court has grown dysfunctional and said Roggensack needed to be replaced to start to improve sour relationships on the court.
Roggensack’s victory gives her a second 10-year term on the bench and preserves the court’s conservative majority. On the most controversial issues and cases in recent years, the court has often split 4-3, with Roggensack in the majority.
Evers wins again
With 99% of the vote counted Tuesday night, Evers had 61% of the vote and Pridemore had 39%, giving Evers another four-term overseeing the state’s public schools.
Evers, 61, has championed more funding for public schools and opposed legislation signed by Gov. Scott Walker that dramatically limited collective bargaining for teachers.
More recently, Evers has opposed the governor’s proposals to expand voucher schools and open the door for more independent charter schools, though he has worked with Walker on issues pertaining to school accountability and performance evaluations for educators.
The office of state superintendent is officially nonpartisan, but longtime educator Evers had the backing of unions and many public-school supporters, while Pridemore, from Erin, was critical of teachers unions and supported Walker’s plans to expand voucher schools.
|Wednesday, April 03, 2013 12:02 PM|
|Last Updated on Thursday, April 04, 2013 2:02 PM|