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Union, SC – State Representative Mike Anthony announced Wednesday that he will end his campaign for Superintendent of Education and run for re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives. Anthony released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon:

“Since announcing my candidacy for Superintendent of Education I have enjoyed traveling around the state and meeting so many others who share my commitment to improving public education in South Carolina.

During this time I have come to the conclusion that I can be more effective at improving our schools by remaining in the House of Representatives, where I presently serve on the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee as well as the K-12 sub-committee. As Superintendent, one of my main goals would have been to put more money into the classroom. By remaining in the House and continuing to serve on the Ways and Means Committee, I have a voice, and more importantly a vote, to put more money in the budget for our schools.

I enjoy serving my community in the legislature and frankly, have not enjoyed the spending so much time away from Union and away from my family while seeking statewide office.

Today I am ending my campaign for Superintendent of Education and will be seeking re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives. The support I’ve received in my campaign has been both overwhelming and humbling and I am so appreciative to everyone who has helped me up to this point. I remain committed to our schools, and if re-elected to the State House, I will use my position to strongly advocate for a substantial increase in school funding so we can pay our teachers what they deserve and allow every student an opportunity to prosper.”

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