Year of birth: 1963
Number of years living in the district you seek to represent: Lifelong South Carolinian - born, educated, worked, raised family in South Carolina
Family: Husband - Jimmy Terrapin; Sons - Kessler (15), Tommy (11); Stepsons - Aaron (25), Brett (23), Coleman (19)
Education: Juris Doctorate – University of South Carolina School of Law; Masters Degree, Early Childhood Education - University of South Carolina; Bachelor of Arts Degree, Early Childhood Education - University of South Carolina; Graduate - T. L. Hanna High School, Anderson
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Current occupation/employer: Owner / Managing Partner, Cofield Law Firm
Employment, military and volunteer history:
Former Teacher, Starr Elementary School
Member, Lexington County Chamber of Commerce
Former Small Business Member, Anderson Chamber of Commerce
Graduate, Leadership Anderson
Former Secretary, Lexington County Youth Baseball Board
Member, Mt. Hored United Methodist Church
Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, when and where: First run for political office
Please list year and office of any unsuccessful runs for public office: First run for political office
Other political and government experience: Successfully led over 1,000 concerned citizens and parents in opposition to Common Core and a new grading standard proposed in Lexington County
Key endorsements you’ve received: State Senator Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington) and State Representative Mark Willis (R-Greenville)
1. What makes you the most qualified person to hold this position? (Be specific.)
As a teacher, accredited academic, successful practicing attorney, small business owner, community leader, mother and wife - I am uniquely qualified to serve as Superintendent of Education. Only I can work through the intricate, legal arguments and Washington-inspired political speak of education decisions and apply the simple test of right and wrong for the betterment of our students, parents, teachers and schools. And, only I have successfully defeated Common Core - leading over 1,000 concerned citizens and parents in opposition to Common Core and a new grading standard proposed in Lexington County until changes to District policy were made.
2. What will be your top three priorities if you are elected? (100 words for each issue)
My four priorities are to empower our students, parents, teachers and schools. As a lawyer and academic, I will protect our kids from bureaucratic Washington strangleholds - whether they’re from Common Core or another intrusive program. As a mother and businesswoman, I will give parents more competitive choices for their children’s schooling - public, charter, private, online or home. As a former teacher, I will push fair and balanced teacher evaluations that consist of real measures - not mandated ones from Washington bureaucrats. And as a conservative, I will direct more money into the classrooms and away from government bureaucrats.
3. How would your approach to your job differ from the incumbent’s?
My education and experience significantly differ from my opponents. With my background in both education and law – only I have the knowledge to argue education laws and work with the legislature to advance them. My long-standing relationship with Governor Nikki Haley uniquely positions me to advance plans that improve education in South Carolina. And my support from Senator Katrina Shealy and Representative Mark Willis helps facilitate meaningful reforms in the General Assembly.
4. Describe at least one significant political position you hold that would clash with your political base.
Since I am committed to empowering our students, parents, teachers and schools – my message resonates with all Republicans.
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics complaint filed against you? If so, please give the details.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
7. Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing?
Unlike my opponents who have run or held political office – I am a political novice running to better education in our state, not to put a new title in front of my name. Having children in public schools today, each law and rule that affects public education personally impacts my family.