MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Wisconsin schools superintendent candidate Don Pridemore is backing off a pledge to eliminate the Department of Public Instruction's policy on American Indian mascots.

Pridemore issued a statement Thursday vowing to eliminate the policy. In an interview with The Associated Press, he said he meant he wants to insert more due process in the procedure the superintendent must follow in deciding whether a mascot is discriminatory.

State law gives the superintendent the authority to force schools to drop race-based mascots. Parents in the Mukwonago Area School District, which uses the nickname Indians, have asked the state Supreme Court to find the law unconstitutional.

Pridemore, a Republican who currently serves in the state Assembly, says the law doesn't take into account a community's traditions and the costs of changing mascots.