Evers in Appleton Sunday, speaks on inauguration and transition of power

Tony Evers greets people at the Kids Gala in Appleton Sunday January 6, 2018. (WLUK/Jessie Basinski)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- On Monday Tony Evers will be sworn in as the 46th governor of Wisconsin. Evers and Lieutenant Gov.-elect Mandela Barnes visited Appleton Sunday afternoon ahead of their inauguration.

Evers' background is in education - -and he made it a point to share the historic occasion with those still learning about civics during his Kids Gala, and said education will be a top priority.

"I'm going to take the oath of office saying that I'm going to do everything in my power to be the best governor possible," said Evers to a room of children and their parents at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

Evers also said he will focus on transportation and healthcare during his time in office.

"We have a 100-day plan that will be talking about either tomorrow or the next day, but certainly we’re going to be working on the state budget. That’s a really critical issue, a policy issue, but we’re going to spend a lot of time reaching out to the people of Wisconsin," said Evers.

With most of the soon-to-be governor's cabinet already appointed, he says he's confident they will be able to work with the Republican Legislature.

"I think the things that we ran on and won on are bipartisan in nature. Will there be fighting and jousting about these things? Of course there will, but at the end of the day we're going to be able to reach common ground," said Evers.

For som,e there are concerns over whether Evers will find cooperation with the Republican-controlled Legislature in getting his cabinet in place.

James Fitzgerald, an executive committee member for the Brown County Republican Party, says he believes there will be a positive transition of power.

"The process is quite orderly in how it works, and as long as the person is a quality individual, I see the bodies working together for the collective good of the state of Wisconsin," said Fitzgerald.

Evers says his focus during Monday's inauguration will be finding common ground and respecting each others differences.

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