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State Superintendent Candidate: Challenger Offered Six Figure Job to Drop Out of Race

A candidate for state superintendent offered an opponent a taxpayer-funded $150,000 job in order to drop out of the race and sought the same for himself if he dropped out, his challenger said Wednesday.

Candidate John Humphries said in an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal that during discussions between him and opponent Lowell Holtz, Holtz proposed in writing that either he or Humphries should drop out in exchange for the guaranteed three-year job with the Department of Public Instruction should one of them defeat incumbent Tony Evers in the general election. 

Holtz said in an interview with the State Journal that the proposal — including a driver, benefits and control over several urban school districts, including Madison — was a “rough draft” of ideas from business leaders he declined to name on ways the two could work together instead of running against each other, and that the proposals never went anywhere.