Top Contributors to Candidates for State School Superintendent

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. Top Contributors to Candidates for State School Superintendent

January 18, 2017

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.