Two state races will take place in the 2021 spring election
On April 6, there will be two state-wide elections races. Jill Underly and Deborah Kerr are running for Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Rick Cveykus and Gregory Gill are running for the 3rd District Court of Appeals. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Click here for full voting information, including absentee and early voting options.
Wisconsin State Superintendent
The Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction is elected to oversee and provide leadership for the public school districts across the state. State superintendents are elected to serve a 4-year term. The primary that took place on February 16 narrowed this list down to Jill Underly, who received 27.4% of votes, and Deborah Kerr, who received 26.5% of votes.
Jill Underly has over 20 years of public education, including 6 years as the current Superintendent of Pecatonica School District and 5 years at the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Underly is campaigning to fight for quality early childhood education across the state, mental health resources in schools, highly trained teachers in both rural and urban school settings, and adequate funding for all public schools while also opposing private school voucher expansion.
Underly has received endorsements from the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Benson. Additional endorsements have come from State Senators Kelda Roys and Jeff Smith and State Representatives Jodi Emerson, Sondy Pope, Dianne Hesselbein, Don Vruwink, Mark Spreitzer, Lisa Subeck, Kristina Shelton, Tod Ohnstad, and Jimmy Anderson. Eau Claire Alderpersons Kate Beaton and Emily Berge have also endorsed Underly.
Deborah Kerr has 40 years of experience in education. Kerr is the former Superintendent of Brown Deer Schools and Co-Chair of the UW System Task Force. Kerr’s campaign promises to ensure success for all students by providing an education that focuses on literacy and numeracy skills while also providing learning opportunities that prepare students for career and college opportunities. Her campaign will also seek to engage families and communities as partners in their children’s education.
Kerr has been endorsed by State Senator Alberta Darling as well as many educators, school board and education foundation members, business and community leaders, Brown Deer Alumni, and parents and community members across the state.
3rd Court of Appeals
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals is the state’s intermediate appellate court and is composed of sixteen judges from four districts. Elected judges serve a 6-year term. The Eau Claire Area is in the 3rd district and will choose from two candidates in the April 6 election.
Rick Cveykus is currently a managing partner at Cveykus Law in Wausau. He has been endorsed by former State Representative, Many Wright, Eau Claire County Board Supervisor, Judy Gatlin, Chippewa County Board Supervisors Mechele Shipman and Don Hauser, and many community leaders, attorneys, law enforcement officials, judges, and elected officials.
Gregory Gill is currently a Circuit Court Judge in Outagamie County. He identifies as a textualist and judicial conservative. Gill has been endorsed by former State Supreme Court Justice, David Prosser, Congressman Mike Gallagher, former State Representative Amanda Stuck, as well as many trial judges, attorneys, law enforcement officials, district attorneys, and state and county officials.
Candidate Interviews: Deborah Kerr (Wisconsineye)
Candidate Interviews: Jill Underly (Wisconsineye)
Kerr, Underly discuss issues facing students with disabilities in state superintendent forum (The Cap Times)
WI Public Education Network and League of Women Voters: DPI Candidate Forum (Wisconsineye)
Wisconsin Association of School Boards: DPI Superintendent Candidate Forum (Wisconsineye)
Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidate Forum (Wisconsineye)
Posted by Grace Hanson, Governmental Affairs Intern
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