By SCOTT BAUER
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A rural superintendent backed by Democrats faces a retired suburban Milwaukee superintendent largely supported by Republicans in an election to select Wisconsin’s top education official.
Pecatonica Superintendent Jill Underly also has the backing of the state teachers union.
She faces former Brown Deer Superintendent Deb Kerr, a supporter of the private school voucher program, in the race Tuesday to become secretary of the state Department of Public Instruction.
The race was officially nonpartisan, but Democrats and their money lined up solidly behind Underly while Kerr found support from Republicans, including former Gov. Scott Walker.
Underly/ Kerr is the only statewide race on the ballot, but there are also a host of local contests.
Wisconsin’s Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe joined Wisconsin’s Morning News with more on what you need to know before heading to the polls today. Listen in the player above.