, , ,

Tony Evers Files Paperwork To Run For Governor

DPI Superintendent Becomes Latest Democrat To Consider Challenging Walker

Tony Evers
wistechcolleges (CC-BY-ND)

Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers has registered a committee that would let him run for governor as a Democrat.

Evers, who won three statewide elections as Wisconsin’s top education official, first hinted he might enter the governor’s race about two weeks ago. In a statement released Friday, he said he looked forward to making a final decision on the race in the near future.

“As I continue talking with voters about the future of our state, this is the next logical (step) for me to take,” Evers said in a written statement. “My record of public service and leadership on behalf of Wisconsin families, kids and educators brings a unique and different choice for voters. One that I believe provides a compelling alternative to the status quo.”

Stay informed on the latest news

Sign up for WPR’s email newsletter.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

While Evers has always enjoyed the support of Democrats, his previous runs for office have been low-turnout, nonpartisan contests.

Still, Evers’ landslide victory in April’s election was seen as a bright spot for the Democratic Party coming on the heels of its devastating losses in the November 2016 election.

If Evers runs for governor, he would likely face at least a few opponents in a Democratic primary.

Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik has already announced he’s running for governor, while state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, and former Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Director Mike McCabe have already registered committees that would allow them to run.

Others considering a run include Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, state Rep. Dana Wachs, D-Eau Claire, and Milwaukee attorney Matt Flynn.

Gov. Scott Walker has not formally announced his plans to seek a third term as governor, but he’s aggressively laying the groundwork for another run. Walker’s campaign raised $3.5 million in the first half of 2017 and had $2.4 million cash on hand.

Join the challenge. Goal: 500 gifts before June 27. Join the challenge.