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Longtime SC representative to run for state superintendent of education

Longtime SC representative to run for state superintendent of education

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – The 2nd-longest-serving Democrat in the South Carolina House of Representatives declared Friday he will not find re-election for his seat and instead is working for state Superintendent of Education.

Rep. Jerry Govan, D – Orangeburg, is a retired educator who formerly and unsuccessfully ran for condition superintendent in 2014.

Govan has served in the Residence given that 1993, but during the state’s current redistricting system, his seat was drawn in with an additional incumbent Democrat’s, Rep. Russell Ott’s, indicating Govan and Ott would be pressured to operate versus each individual other, or 1 would have to go to a new district if they both sought to preserve a seat.

Alternatively, his spouse and children and Ott among the individuals at his facet Friday, Govan declared he will be a part of a crowded discipline running for superintendent.

Govan mentioned he wishes to rebuild have faith in in between parents and educators, boost university protection, prepare little ones for the potential, and choose politics out of education and learning.

“We will need to be excellent listeners as general public servants,” he claimed. “One of the problems that we have viewed as a end result of some of the discussion that is likely all-around on various challenges — voters out there, parents are declaring that we’re not listening. We have got to transform that.”

Recent state Superintendent of Instruction Molly Spearman is not working for re-election, opening the race up.

As of Friday evening, three candidates had officially filed to operate — Republicans Sheri Several, Kizzi Gibson, and Ellen Weaver — but far more have declared they intend to do so.

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