State Rep. Mike Anthony's campaign for state Superintendent of Education released a list of endorsements from 50 grassroots Democrats, made up of county chairs, executive committee members, delegates to the state convention, and former elected officials, according to the campaign.
Anthony, D-Union, and a retired high-school football coach and public-school teacher for 30 years, has represented Union and Laurens counties in the state House since 2003.
He faces one challenger for the state schools' chief post in June's Democratic primary.
Montrio Belton of Fort Mill, also a former public school principal and teacher, is running for the seat. Belton also worked for about a year as director of School Transformation for the S.C. Department of Education.
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Six Republicans have lined up for the GOP nomination. Republican Superintendent Mick Zais is not seeking re-election.
"I am overwhelmed by the amount of grassroots support our campaign has received so far," Anthony said of the endorsements. "These folks are true leaders in the party and in their community. They are the building block of our campaign. They’ll help us get our message out from the mountains to the coast and everywhere in between.”
Anne Watson – President, Charleston County Democratic WomenAudrey Witherspoon – Greenwood CountyBob Aubin – Charleston CountyBoyd Brown - DNC Committee Member - Former State Representative - Fairfield CountyBrady Quirk-Garvin - Charleston CountyCarol Fowler - Former Chairman, South Carolina Democratic PartyCarol Kelley – Greenville CountyCarolyn Keese – Oconee CountyCynthia Potter Smith, Ph.D. – York CountyDanny Shaw – National Distinguished Principal – Richland CountyDavid Blackmon, Ph.D. - Former Chairman, SC Board of Education - Darlington CountyDavid Pitts – Laurens CountyDavid Stewart – Lexington CountyDerek Lampe – Oconee CountyDr. Nancy Moore – Charleston CountyEllis Jenkins – Union CountyEric Hayler – Spartanburg CountyFloyd McGurk – Greenville CountyFrancee Levin – Richland CountyGeorge Kanuck – Beaufort CountyJames Byrum - Richland CountyJane Pulling - Berkeley CountyJim Bryan – Laurens CountyJoel Arnold – Oconee CountyJohn Giles – Beaufort CountyJohnnie Fulton – Greenville CountyJoseph Guess - Bamberg CountyKaye Martell – Greenville CountyLaurie Walden - Richland CountyLonnie Hosey – Chairman, Barnwell County Democratic PartyMaggie James – Chester County School BoardMaria Steve – Charleston CountyMichael Carter – Horry CountyMichael R. Thompson – Spartanburg CountyMickey Gist - Union CountyNorval Davis - Greenwood CountyPam Hricik - Charleston CountyRay James – NEA Director for SCRebecca Tinsley - Anderson CountyRichard Glover, Jr – Beaufort CountyRose Pellatt – Spartanburg CountySally Howard – Horry CountySandra Ray, Ph.D. – Richland CountySheryl Mack – Charleston CountySusan Cyr – Greenville CountyTim Moore – Former Chairman, SC Board of Education – Barnwell CountyTom Davies – Spartanburg CountyVida Miller – Former State Representative – Georgetown CountyWayne Wicker - Laurens CountyWill Maxey – Former 3rd Vice Chair – SC Democratic Party – Horry CountyWilliam Rogers - Marlboro CountyWilliam Salter - Lexington CountyZerno Martin – Spartanburg County