There was once a time when Tony Evers didn't like cheese. But there was also a time when he didn't see himself running for governor, and now multiple polls show him leading the field of Democrats vying for a chance to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Evers, 66, won his third statewide victory as Superintendent of Public Instruction in April 2017. Before he was elected to head the state Department of Public Instruction, Evers served for eight years as deputy superintendent of schools. He grew up in Plymouth, and worked as a science teacher, high school principal and district superintendent in Baraboo, Tomah, Oakfield and Verona.
Two Marquette University Law School polls over the course of the summer have shown Evers leading the eight-person Democratic primary field, and an NBC News/Marist Poll released last month showed him leading Walker in a hypothetical match-up.
He sat down with Cap Times political reporter Jessie Opoien to talk about his campaign, where he's been able to cooperate with Walker and how he got over his aversion to cheese.
You can read the Cap Times' previous coverage of Evers' campaign here: