SC superintendent of education Mick Zais endorses Sally Atwater

Posted by CASSIE COPE on June 17, 2014 

Sally Atwater, a Republican candidate for state superintendent of education, answers a question during a televised debate on South Carolina ETV, Tuesday, May 27,2014, in Columbia, SC.

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Current S.C. superintendent of education Mick Zais endorsed Sally Atwater in the Republican runoff for superintendent of education.

“Sally Atwater will bring to the State Superintendent’s office solid conservative values and will work tirelessly to expand school choice and educator accountability,” Zais said in a news release from Atwater’s campaign. “I give her my strongest endorsement.”

Atwater, of Charleston, will face Molly Spearman of Saluda, on June 24. The winner will face the Democratic nominee in November.

In addition to Zais's endorsement, 23 legislators endorsed Atwater on Tuesday including:

• Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkley, • Sen. Katrina Shealy, R-Lexington • Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson • Sen. Greg Gregory, R-Lancaster • Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville • Sen. Alan Clemmons, R-Horry • Rep. Eric Bedingfield, R-Greenville • Rep. Dan Hamilton, R-Greenville • Rep. Garry Smith, R-Greenville • Rep. Bill Chumley, R-Spartanburg • Rep. Josh Putnam, R-Anderson • Rep. Kevin Hardee, R-Horry • Rep. Nathan Ballentine, R-Richland • Rep. Todd Atwater, R-Lexington • Rep. Chip Huggins, R-Lexington • Rep. Heather Crawford, R-Horry • Rep. Bill Sandifer, R-Oconee • Rep. Don Wells, R-Aiken • Rep. Mike Burns, R-Greenville • Rep. Anne Thayer, R-Anderson • Rep. Phillip Lowe, R-Florence • Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter • Rep. Ralph Norman, R-York

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