Underly wins race for state superintendent

MADISON, Wis. — Jill Underly has defeated Deborah Kerr to become Wisconsin’s next superintendent of schools.

The Associated Press called the race for Underly just before 9:30 p.m.

Wisconsin School Superintendent

Wisconsin School Superintendent

Jill UnderlyDeborah Kerr
  • Jill Underly Winner 57.7%
    526,286
  • Deborah Kerr   42.3%
    386,392
912,678
100.0% precincts reporting
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While technically a nonpartisan race, Underly largely had the support of Democrats while Kerr largely had the support of Republicans.

Underly is the superintendent of the Pecatonica School District and previously worked in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Carolyn Stanford Taylor served as state superintendent for the last two years after Tony Evers left the job when he became governor in 2019, but decided not to run for a full term.