State Rep. Doug Brannon said Friday he will not run for the office of state superintendent of education, but plans to seek re-election to the House.
Brannon, R-Landrum, said over the summer that he was considering a bid for superintendent but never formally announced his candidacy.
Current Superintendent Mick Zais, a Republican, has said he will seek re-election. Zais, who previously served as the president of Newberry College and was a brigadier general in the U.S. Army, is in his first term in office.
Last month, Rep. Mike Anthony, D-Union, announced his candidacy for the post. Anthony is a retired school teacher and football coach and is in his sixth term in the state House of Representatives.
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Brannon said Friday that he decided about two weeks ago that his time as an advocate for public education would be better spent in a third term as a state representative.
"There is a candidate much more qualified than I," Brannon said, but he declined to name the candidate to which he was referring. "Therefore, I believe I can better serve the citizens of District 38 and public education as a member of the House of Representatives."