Top Contributors to Candidates for State School Superintendent

January 18, 2017

State Schools Superintendent Tony Evers and two others who are challenging him in the upcoming spring elections raised about $85,500 during the last half of 2016, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.

Evers, who was first elected in 2009 and reelected in 2013, raised about $49,400 between July 1 and the end of 2016. His campaign finance report showed he had about $117,300 in his account as of Dec. 31.

John Humphries, a former Dodgeville School District administrator, raised about $31,200 after he entered the race in late September, and had about $16,800 in the bank at the end of the year.

Lowell Holtz, a former Whitnall School District superintendent, accepted $4,945 during last six months of 2016 and had about $2,200 in his campaign account at year’s end.

The three candidates will face off in a Feb. 21 primary, and the top two finishers will be on the April 4 general election ballot. The winner will serve a four-year term.

Here are the contributors who gave $1,000 or more to the three candidates between July 1 and Dec. 31. The employers of these contributors were designated by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign because state law no longer requires candidates to identify the employers of their large donors:

Tony Evers


Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters Political Action Committee (PAC), $5,000;

School Administrators Alliance PAC, $2,500;

Ramie Zelenkova, a Madison lobbyist , $1,000;

David Walsh, a Madison attorney, $1,000;

Nissan Bar-Lev, of Fox Point, a Calumet County Children with Disabilities Education Board school administrator, $1,000;

Mark Bradley, a Wausau attorney and spouse of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, $1,000;

Steven Kagen, an Appleton doctor and former Democratic Congressman, $1,000.

John Humphries


Nancy Kingsbury, of Haverford, Penn., a volunteer with the Reimagine Learning Fund, $5,000;

Bladen Burns, of Wauwatosa, a Fiduciary Management executive, $5,000;

Mary Newton, of Wauwatosa, a director with the Children’s Dyslexia Center – Milwaukee, $5,000;

Lisa Mauer, of Wauwatosa, owner of BlackHawk Tool Service, $2,500;

Rick Boelter, of Hartland, president of Boelter Companies, $1,500;

Paul Siepmann, of Hartland, president of Brewer Co., $1,500;

Daniel McKeithan, of Milwaukee, president of Tamarack Petroleum, $1,500;

John Humphries, of Mount Horeb, state school superintendent candidate, $1,100;

Shirley Lealla, a Wauwatosa retiree, $1,000;

Ron Lutz, a Mount Horeb photographer, $1,000.

Lowell Holtz


George Mosher, of Milwaukee, retired owner of National Business Furniture, $1,000;

Scott Haag, of Milwaukee, chief executive officer of Moore Oil, $1,000.

For more information about the candidates and their contributors, please go to the Campaign 2017 feature on the Democracy Campaign website.