MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Following his inauguration Governor Tony Evers hosted the Inaugural Gala Monday night.
“We are going to stay the course,” Evers said, also talking about how he will bring back science and fix the state's potholes, among other issues.
The Inaugural gala took place down the road from the Capital at the Monona Terrace, and benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee.
Spirits were high throughout the evening as people listened to music and speeches from Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Lt Gov. Mandela Barnes and Gov. Tony Evers.
Throughout Evers' campaign and in his inaugural address earlier Monday, there's been a push to overcome partisan lines in order to work together. Evers believes in the idea of working on issues that matter to people and not to the parties.
Attendees of the gala were optimistic that collaboration can happen in the state moving forward.
"Contrary to some pessimists, I actually think there's a lot that the Governor can get done with the legislature if he focuses on what you might call bread and butter issues. The public here and around the country has shown for a long time they want problems solved and the two parties to cooperate. There's really not a support for partisan division much any longer and I think that's true at the national level as well as the state level," said Michael Kraft, a political science Professor at UW-Green Bay.
Others added that they hope and expect Evers will approach funding for public schools along with looking at the University system.
Performers included Madison's DJ Boyfrrriend, Oshkosh's KWT, and New Age Narcissism. The Plymouth High school Marching Band, and Black Star Drum Line was also in attendance.