Burgess, Tribble to address county GOP

Charles Warner cwarner@civitasmedia.com

March 5, 2014

UNION COUNTY — A candidate for State Superintendent Education and the candidate for the S.C. House District 42 seat will be the featured speakers at a meeting of the Union County Republican Party Thursday evening.

In a statement released Tuesday, GOP Chairman Michael Fowler announced that Gary Burgess and David Tribble Jr. will be the featured speakers at the meeting which will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Jury Room of the Union County Courthouse. Fowler said the public is invited to attend and speak with Burgess who is seeking the Republican nomination for State Superintendent of Education and with Tribble who is seeking the Republican nomination in S.C. House District 42. He said that light refreshments will be served.


State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, a Republican, has announced that he will not seek a second term in office.

Zais’ announcement has resulted in a total of eight candidates announcing their intention to seek the Republican nomination for State Superintendent of Education.

Among those running for the nomination is Burgress who is currently serving his first term on the Anderson County Board of Education. From 2010-2011, Burgess Zais’ Education Transition Assessment Team.

Burgess, who was educated in the public elementary and secondary schools of Inman, holds a Education Leadership — Doctor of Education from the University of South Carolina in Columbia; an Education Specialist — Master of Education from Converse College; and Bachelor of Arts from Wofford College.

His professional experience includes CEO/President, the Burgess Research Action Group, LLC (BRAG) Superintendent of Schools; Adjunct Professor at The Citadel and at Converse College; principal at Pendleton High School in Pendleton, D. R. Hill Middle School in Duncan, Whitlock Jr. High School, Spartanburg; assistant principal at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan; intern principal and secondary school teacher at Dorman High School in Spartanburg; United Way of Spartanburg, Spartanburg; and United Services Council.

Burgess is married to the former Quintella M. Howard and the couple have three children.


Composed of Union County and part of Laurens County, S.C. House District 42 is currently represented by Rep. Mike Anthony, a Democrat, who has announced he will not seek reelection but would instead run for State Superintendent of Education. Anthony is one of two Democrats running for the party’s nomination for the office.

Looking to succeed Anthony in District 42 is Tribble, a former mayor of Clinton and former member of Laurens County Council who served one term representing S.C. House District 15 before it was redistricted out of the area.

He has also served on the Laurens Hospital Association Board. Tribble has been a strong advocate of community service throughout his leadership roles in the YMCA Board of Directors, Joanna Christ Central Ministries, First Presbyterian Church of Clinton, and the Chairmanship of his industry’s trade association for North and South Carolina.

The father of four and grandfather of two, Tribble is married to Dr. Leta M. Tribble who is the Education Director of the Greenwood Genetic Center and an adjunct professor of Medical Genetics at the University of South Carolina. Tribble was a 1977 graduate from Presbyterian College and was named Outstanding Young Alumnus in 1991. He earned his Master of Public Administration from Clemson University in 2010.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 14.