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Hartford Rep. Pridemore to run for Wisconsin schools superintendent

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - One of the state Assembly’s most conservative Republicans is planning to run for state public school superintendent next spring.

Hartford lawmaker Don Pridemore filed a registration statement Wednesday with elections’ officials. He’s the first possible challenger to Tony Evers, who was first elected four years ago. Pridemore did not immediately comment on his impending candidacy.

The 66-year-old Pridemore is ending his 4th two-year term in the Assembly, and was unopposed this month for a 5th term. If he loses the spring election, he does not have to give up his Assembly seat.

The 60-year-old Evers was the top assistant superintendent before voters elected him to the top spot in 2009. Pridemore had criticized Evers at that time.

Pridemore supported the law which almost eliminated most public union bargaining – something Evers opposed. And Pridemore went further, suggesting that Wisconsin become a “right to work” state in which private sector employees would not have to pay union dues.

Recently, it was learned that Pridemore was 1 of 9 Assembly Republicans who promised a Tea Party group that he would try to pass a bill to arrest federal officials who attempt to administer the Obama health reform law in Wisconsin. 

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