As of this writing, following a primary election where 7 candidates competed, Jill Underly is one of two remaining candidates that will progress to the general election. Underly and Deb Kerr will be on the election ballot for State Superintendent of Public Instruction on April 6. This is the job that Governor Tony Evers held for so long. It is technically a non-partisan office but political parties often support certain candidates based upon their shared values or policy ideas. Media reports state that Jill Underly has donated $1,420 to Democrats since 2018. Read the article

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin and Menomonee Falls Action Team endorsed Underly.


Here is some background on Dr. Jill Underly, as provided by her campaign:

Dr. Jill Underly knew she wanted to be a teacher way back in 1986, when she was in the 3rd grade. She was inspired by the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe, and decided to go into public service “when she grew up.” Throughout high school she worked in a family daycare and volunteered on the pediatrics floor of the local hospital. As soon as she was able, she began substitute teaching in elementary and middle school settings.

Since 1999, Jill has worked in “all facets of public education, PK – 16:” as a high school and middle school social studies teacher, a University of Wisconsin College of Letters & Science academic advisor, a Title I Consultant and assistant manager at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, an elementary principal and Director of Instruction, and most recently, a rural school district superintendent. In 2015, she was the youngest female superintendent to lead a public school district in Wisconsin with a research-doctorate degree.  

With over two decades of public education experience, including her current 6 years as the Superintendent of the Pecatonica School District and 5 years at the Department of Public Instruction in both Educator Licensing and Title I, Dr. Underly has been committed to ensuring that every child, every day, has the opportunity for a first-class public education in the State of Wisconsin.

Partial bio of Dr. Jill Underly


High quality, early childhood education–no matter their zip code

Adequate and fair funding–regardless of where they live

Wisconsin public schools that are able to meet 21st century standards for personnel, facilities, technology, required programming and curriculum

No additional private school voucher expansions

Mental health and emotional wellness support

Top-notch, specially trained teachers in rural and urban school settings

See lots more at: https://underlyforwi.com/about/

Latest updates on the candidates (2/13/2021)

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