Jill Underly has officially been elected as the new Wisconsin state school superintendent, local news stations reported Tuesday evening.
While the race was nonpartisan, her opponent, Deborah Kerr, was backed by former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who served in former President Donald Trump’s administration.
Kerr was plagued by an email scandal revealed by the Wisconsin State Journal in March.
“State superintendent candidate Deborah Kerr solicited clients and organized branding for her private consulting business through her public school district email address, including several times during work hours, prior to her retirement as Brown Deer School District superintendent last year,” said the report.
The race became somewhat nationalized with the charter school industry fighting Underly, who was backed by teachers’ unions. Ultimately the normally unnoticed state-wide race brought in over $1 million in out-of-state money, TMJ4 reported.