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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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Pridemore says he'll run again for Superintendent if "no one steps up"

Coming off of his loss, GOP Rep. Don Pridemore makes it clear that his focus will not wane on what he feels is the "obstinate" control of the Department of Public Instruction under Superintendent Tony Evers.

Pridemore says that Evers, who won re-election tonight over Pridemore by a wide margin, has stood in the way of efforts to improve school choice and produced a level of bureaucracy that is stalling innovative approaches to improve education in the state of Wisconsin.

"I look at this as losing the first battle, but the war is far from over," Pridemore said. "I think I've raised enough issues and I plan to keep on continuing my focus on DPI. I don't see us improving with the way were going now."

Pridemore, the Republican from Erin who has never held a position in the field of education, said that he knew that conservatives were trying to recruit two conservative-minded district superintendents to run against Evers, but that those talks ended when he announced his run.

Pridemore made clear that he expected more support than he ended up receiving and said that most of the attention and money in his race was diverted to the state Supreme Court race, hurting his effort.

"I've traveled around the state as much as I could and got a lot of support, but without the ability to connect with a lot of people who I thought were going to be helping me, it's tough to do."

While he says that conservatives could come up with a better candidate or "someone more qualified" than himself in four years time for the DPI seat, he says he'll run again if "no on steps up."


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