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Michael Grebe to co-host fundraiser for state superintendent candidate
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Michael Grebe to co-host fundraiser for state superintendent candidate

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A former chairman of Gov. Scott Walker's political campaign will co-host a fundraiser for a state superintendent candidate who in 2011 signed a petition to recall the governor.

Michael Grebe will co-host a fundraiser on Wednesday at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee for former Dodgeville School District administrator John Humphries, who has since praised Act 10, Walker's signature law that curtailed collective bargaining for most public employees, according to Humphries' campaign. 

Grebe joins Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation chairwoman Lisa Mauer and Corey Hoze, who is on the conservative think tank Wisconsin Policy Research Institute's board of directors, among others in hosting the fundraiser, according to an email invitation from Humphries' campaign. 

Humphries, now a consultant to the Dodgeville district, at his campaign kickoff event in November praised the legislation, saying it was necessary to make positive changes in his school district.

"Like many people, I had concerns about Act 10 and the turmoil of that time. I was worried about the effects this would have on children and teachers," said Humphries in November. "Since then, I've seen how necessary those changes have been for school improvement to work."

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He said school districts can save money because of reduced health insurance costs for staff and can be creative in retaining teachers, such as by providing bonuses.

The invitation from campaign manager Brian Schupper says the fundraiser co-hosts join Reps. Jason Fields, D-Milwaukee, and Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, "in supporting a campaign that puts politics aside and places student achievement above all else."

Humphries is one of three candidates seeking to unseat incumbent state superintendent Tony Evers. 

On Tuesday, Evers' campaign reported raising $49,393 since October and has $117,328 in cash on hand. Humphries' campaign reported raising $31,211 in that time.

According to the Associated Press, third candidate former Whitnall School District superintendent reported having about $2,200 cash on hand after raising about $5,000 last year and write-in candidate Rick Melcher had not yet submitted finance reports as of Tuesday evening. 

The two candidates with the top votes after a Feb. 21 primary will meet in an April 4 general election. 

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