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March 17, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Zais and ex-SC GOP chairman fundraising for Meka Childs in race for SC ed chief

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Former S.C. GOP chairman Katon Dawson is co-hosting a fundraiser at his house Thursday for Meka Childs in the crowded race for the Republican nomination for state schools' chief.

Other co-hosts are S.C. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, who is not seeking re-election, and former S.C. Commerce Secretary Joe Taylor. Recommended contributions range from $1,000 to $3,500, according to a fundraiser invitation.

The support from well-connected Republicans could come in handy. Childs is one of eight GOP candidates and one Democrat who have announced their intent to run for the seat and still are considering it.

Dawson said he hopes to raise a lot of money for Childs, whose father he was good friends with and who he knew while she was growing up.

Dawson said Childs' experience growing up in South Carolina, attending public schools, then later working in education policy under Gov. Mark Sanford, with business leaders and most recently as a deputy superintendent under Zais, would benefit her as the state's education superintendent.

Dawson also is chairman of the West Main Street Values PAC, whose focus is to help U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham get re-elected.

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