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Profiling the candidates: Tony Evers

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – While many people will be watching the results roll in on election night, Wisconsin's Democratic candidate for governor will be playing a certain card game just like he did the night he won the primary.

CBS 58's Brendan Cullerton decided to get to know Tony Evers over a game of Euchre.


Tony Evers says even during the home stretch of the heated Wisconsin governor's race, he still finds time to play Euchre with his wife and kids.

Evers met his wife Kathy in kindergarten and they enjoy traditional Wisconsin activities.

"My wife and I, we Polka," Evers said.

While Scott Walker is known for heating a ham sandwich for lunch every day, Evers has his own tradition: a McDonald's Egg McMuffin for breakfast nearly every morning.

Evers even fills out promotional surveys to get an extra one free.

"If anyone is wondering who fills out these surveys when they go to McDonald's, Tony Evers fills out the survey."

"Well me and my wife have this pact. I bring them home, she goes online, does the survey, puts a number in it. She gives it back to me and it's just like clockwork," Evers said.

Evers has worked in education for more than 40 years, going from science teacher to principal, eventually to superintendent.

Before that, he worked at a cheese factory.

"I actually didn't, did not like cheese, until I worked in a cheese factory which seems kind of counterintuitive. But I actually hated cheese. I actually worked in a cheese factory kind of scraping mold off cheese, so I scraped cheese and I thought you know, I've got to try this. This looks pretty good," Evers told CBS 58.

Evers has three kids and seven grandkids, many part of his streak of attending 51 state fairs.

"Go to the State Fair on Fridays. The first Friday because they have all these competitions with kids showing their animals and things like that. It's great," Evers said.

He says not much about his life is out of the ordinary.

"I'm just a regular Wisconsin guy. What you see is what you get," says Evers.

CBS 58 wants you to get to know the candidates on the ballot. Brendan Cullerton sat down with both gubernatorial candidates and attorney general candidates. Look for his one-on-one interviews with the candidates this week on the CBS 58 News at 4. On Tuesday, Brendan will talk one-on-one with Governor Scott Walker.  


 

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