The election for State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) on next Tuesday, April 4th, will impact public education in Wisconsin for the next four years – and probably many more. With the unknown changes to national educational policy that will be forthcoming out of Washington, D.C., it is imperative that Wisconsin has the right person as State Superintendent.
One candidate is a “career bureaucrat”, the incumbent Dr. Tony Evers. He has been at Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction for the past 16 years; eight as SSPI and eight as Deputy SSPI. He held a staff position at a regional education office (CESA) before that and a long time ago was a teacher in Tomah. He is running on his record which is the state of public education in Wisconsin today.
The challenger is Dr. Lowell Holtz who has been a successful school superintendent in three different districts over the past thirteen years. Dr. Holtz was once a teacher and later recognized as Wisconsin Principal of the Year for his strong positive leadership. Dr. Holtz believes in local control and empowering teachers. He strives for success for all the students. Dr. Holtz also has many years of experience in the law enforcement profession.
While Dr. Evers trends towards the status quo, Dr. Holtz looks for challenges that will result in better education for all. Dr. Holtz appears to be better prepared for the unknown changes to national educational policy that will be forthcoming out of Washington, D.C. For these reasons, I strongly recommend a vote for Dr. Lowell Holtz for SSPI on Tuesday the 4th.
While this election for SSPI is important to the future of education in Wisconsin, there are a couple of non-contested elections also worthy of note. Justice Annette Ziegler is running unchallenged to retain her seat on the State Supreme Court where she has served since first being elected in 2007. Justice Ziegler has more than 25 years of legal and judicial experience including a decade as a judge on the Washington County Circuit Court. Justice Ziegler participates in several professional, community and charitable organizations. Justice Ziegler appears highly qualified and deserves your show of support.
There is also an election for the Court of Appeals District IV as the incumbent, Judge Paul B. Higgenbotham, declined to run for re-election. Judge Michael R. Fitzpatrick is running unopposed for this Court of Appeals position. He has more than thirty years of legal and judicial experience to include being a Rock County Circuit Court Judge since 2008. Judge Fitzpatrick appears qualified and deserves your show of support.
Be patriotic and vote on April 4th!