State House Democrat to announce race for S.C. education chief

jself@thestate.comAugust 14, 2013 

— South Carolina Rep. Mike Anthony will tour the state Thursday to announce his candidacy for state Superintendent of Education.

The six-term state House Democrat will start the tour in his hometown of Union before heading to stops in Columbia and North Charleston.

Anthony told The State in July that he was mulling a run for state education chief because he wants to open lines of communication between educators and the state Department of Education.

Anthony is a retired public school teacher and championship-winning football coach.

Anthony will kick off his campaign with an announcement at the Union County Stadium in front of the scoreboard Thursday morning. He will stop at Hand Middle School in Columbia at 2 p.m. before heading to North Charleston City Hall where he will speak to the Charleston County Democratic Party at 6.30 p.m.

State schools chief Mick Zais, a Republican serving his first term, said he plans to run for a second four-year term. Zais may face a primary challenge from Republican state Rep. Doug Brannon of Spartanburg County who said he is considering running.

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