Meka Childs, Republican candidate for S.C. Superintendent of Education, picked up an endorsement from former First Lady Jenny Sanford.
Childs was former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford's education policy adviser. Most recently, she worked as a deputy superintendent under GOP state schools chief Mick Zais, who is not seeking re-election.
Childs is one of eight Republicans running for education superintendent. Others are Sally Atwater, a former Colleton County teacher and widow of GOP operative Lee Atwater; Gary Burgess, Anderson County Board of Education member; Amy Cofield, a Lexington attorney; Sheri Few, a Lugoff Republican activist; Don Jordan of Columbia, a University of South Carolina professor; Elizabeth Moffly, a Charleston County School Board member; and Molly Spearman, executive director of the S.C. Association of School Administrators.
Sanford formerly worked as a Wall Street investment banker and advised her husband on his race for the governor's office.
Sanford said of Childs: "I am excited to endorse Meka Childs for State Superintendent of Education. I have known Meka for many years and working together I found her to be incredibly bright, capable and energetic. Meka is passionate about the importance of education in South Carolina not only for the children of today but also for the economic well-being and future for us all. Meka understands first-hand the importance of solid education policy and funding along with market-based reforms and more choices for students and parents. With five years in the classroom and many years of policy experience as well, Meka is prepared to meet and successfully address the many challenges we face in improving our education system. Meka has the intellect, integrity, knowledge and determination to make a positive difference in education in this state and I enthusiastically support her to lead our schools in guiding one of our state’s most important assets, our children."