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Evers, Fernandez move on in state superintendent race

Tony Evers and Rose Fernandez won Tuesday's primary election for state school superintendent.

Evers, the deputy superintendent, got 35 percent of the vote.

Fernandez, who used to head a coalition of families with kids in online schools, got 31 percent.

Three candidates were eliminated.

Concordia-Mequon professor and GOP activist Van Mobley had 14 percent. National-Louis professor Todd Price of Kenosha had 11 percent. And Beloit Superintendent Lowell Holtz picked up 9 percent.

Evers said his message of experience paid off. He's been in public education for 34 years, including the last eight as the top assistant to state Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster, who's stepping down.

Fernandez was the only candidate without professional education experience. She called that a virtue and she'll keep pushing her ideas for higher school standards without higher taxes.

Evers is endorsed by the state's largest teachers' union.

Fernandez vowed to overcome the union's financial backing and build a broader base of support for April.