Last updated: April 25. 2014 7:25AM - 791 Views
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UNION — Five candidates running to be South Carolina’s next Superintendent of Education will take part in a candidate forum Saturday afternoon hosted by the Union County Republican Party.

After one term in office, incumbent State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, a Republican, announced in December that he would not seek reelection.

Zais’ decision not to run has resulted in an exceptionally crowded field of 13 candidates vying to succeed him. They include four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination and nine seeking the Republican nomination in the June 10 primaries.

The candidates seeking the Republican nomination include Sally Atwater, Gary Burgess, Meka Bosket Childs, Amy Cofield, Sheri Few, Don Jordan, Elizabeth Moffly, Molly Mitchell Spearman, and Ed Murray.

Five of the candidates for the GOP nomination will participate in a candidate forum Saturday afternoon sponsored by the Union County Republican Party.

“If you are concerned about your children or grandchildren’s education, the Union County Republican Party invites you to the South Carolina Superintendant of Education candidate forum this Saturday at the USC-Union Auditorium,” Chairman Mike Fowler said. “Candidates Sally Atwater, Gary Burgess, Meka Childs, Sherry Few, and Molly Spearman have committed to attend the forum. A wide ranging discussion is expected from the candidates from common core to school funding.”

Fowler said doors will open at 2 p.m. and the forum begin at 3 p.m., adding that light refreshments will be served. He said that Gordon Dill of WSPA News Channel 7 will serve as moderator.

“Admission is free and all are invited,” Fowler said.

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