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Race For SC Superintendent Heats Up



Educator Gary Burgess of Inman, S.C. will seek the Republican nomination for Superintendent of Education, his campaign announced this week.

Burgess, who ran unsuccessfully for this seat in 2010, will formally announce his candidacy at the New Light Community Center in Pendleton, S.C. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 20).

“The center and date were chosen because of the symbolic association with the hopes and aspirations of the citizens of South Carolina during a time in which the vast majority of African-Americans were Republicans,” Burgess wrote on his website.

Burgess has worked at several government-run schools in the South Carolina Upstate – and served on several local charitable boards.  Other than that we know very little about his record, although those who do say he is “not a credible candidate.”

Like anyone who files for any office in South Carolina, we will judge Burgess based on the policies he supports and opposes … and judging by the platform page of his website, he’s got a lot of work to do.

Oh, he’ll also have to figure out a way to explain this …  

Mick Zais – who four years ago became the first “Republican” to win election as Superintendent of Education in a dozen years – announced last month that he would not seek a second term in 2014.

Two Democrats – S.C. Rep. Mike Anthony of Union, S.C. and former Department of Education staffer Montrio Belton of Fort Mill, S.C. – have announced their intentions to seek Zais’ post.  Meanwhile a pair of fiscally liberal “Republicans” from Beaufort County, S.C. – Shannon Erickson and Andy Patrick – have indicated their interest in the seat.

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