2/22/17 – State public school Superintendent Tony Evers and challenger Lowell Holtz have advanced to the April fourth general election, after easy victories in Tuesday’s primary. Evers, an eight-year incumbent, got 70-percent of almost 360-thousand votes cast. Holtz, a former Beloit superintendent, got 23-percent and consultant and former Dodgeville school administrator John Humphries was eliminated with seven percent. In Dodge County, there were 4333 ballots cast in yesterday’s race, compared to 43-thousand in November. Evers received the majority of Dodge County votes just over 2400, followed by Holtz who received around 1600 votes; Humphries secured 300 votes. The 65-year-old Evers says his large margin of victory shows that Wisconsinites are committed to public education — and he assumed that Holtz would get funding from the private school voucher advocates that the challenger supports. The 59-year-old Holtz issued a statement which promised what he called “an alternative vision for the future of Wisconsin’s students,” and Humphries says he remains convinced that youngsters can “achieve so much more with the right leadership” in the state Department of Public Instruction.