Meka Childs, a Republican running for S.C. Superintendent of Education, picked up an endorsement from state Rep. Eric Bedingfield, R-Greenville, her campaign announced Monday.
Childs is one of eight Republicans vying for the GOP nomination. Four Democrats also are running.
State schools' chief Mick Zais, R-Richland, is not running for re-election. Last month, Zais endorsed Childs, who worked under Zais as the deputy superintendent of school effectiveness.
In a news release from Childs' campaign, Bedingfield said of Childs:
"As a former Marine, I know what sacrifice is and as a devoted military wife, Meka Childs does too. That is why I am honored to endorse Meka Childs for State Superintendent of Education. I am confident that as our next Superintendent, Meka will fight to protect the powers enumerated to South Carolina and will make sure that education decisions are made by parents, teachers, and local school districts in the Palmetto State, not by bureaucrats in Washington. Meka's unquestionable dedication to real school choice where money follows the child and her commitment to attract the best teachers for our students will ensure that every child who receives a diploma in South Carolina will be ready for work or college, and citizenship."