Hayes, Simrill endorse Spearman in schools chief race

Molly Spearman

Superintendent of Education candidate Molly Spearman nabbed endorsements by two York County lawmakers.

Spearman’s campaign announced Tuesday through a written statement that Rock Hill Republican Sen. Wes Hayes, chairman of of the Senate’s education subcommittee, had endorsed her campaign, along with Rep. Gary Simrill, also a Republican of Rock Hill.

Through the release Hayes said Spearman was the best qualified candidate and that he was proud to support someone who has “a history of making our education better for students and parents alike.”

“Molly will fight for better technical education and work with parents and businesses to make our schools stronger,” Hayes said. “I know that Molly will work tirelessly for better schools and a brighter future throughout South Carolina.”

Simrill added he has known Spearman since they both served together in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House’s Ways and Means Committee.

“She is a fair and honest educator who is best qualified to lead our schools,” said Simrill, according to the release.

Spearman is one of eight candidates — which include, Sally Atwater, Gary Burgess, Charmeka Childs, Amy Cofield, Sheri Few, Don Jordan and Elizabeth Moffly — vying for the Republican nomination. Four others are seeking the Democratic nomination, including Montrio Belton, Sheila Gallagher, Rep. Jerry Govan, D-Orangeburg, and Tom Thompson.


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