COLUMBIA - Superintendent of Education candidate Meka Childs lined up more endorsements this week with two state lawmakers announcing their support of her candidacy.
Childs campaign announced through a written release on Wednesday she had received the endorsement of a top House leader, Speaker Pro Tempore, Jay Lucas, R-Hartsville. She also received the endorsement of Rep. Mike Burns, R-Taylors on Thursday.
"With Common Core on the verge of being removed in South Carolina, we will need a new Superintendent with the educational background, experience, and determination to ensure our new standards reflect the will of parents, teachers, taxpayers, and businesses in the Palmetto State," Lucas said, according to the release. "I know that with Meka Childs as our next State Superintendent of Education, the right person will be leading the Department of Education and the re-write of South Carolina's educational standards."
Burns said he was proud to add his name to the growing number of legislators who have endorsed Childs, adding she is "the most qualified individual" to lead the Department of Education.
"I know Meka will be a champion for individualizing education and her support for public, private, charter, single-gender, Montessori, vocational, homeschool, virtual and many other forms of education is unquestionable," Burns said, according to the release. "Her record of success sets her far apart from her challengers and I have no doubt that a Childs lead Department of Education will be one of fiscal conservatism, collaboration, and success."
Childs has also received the endorsement of the current Superintendent of Education Mick Zais in March. Zais announced in December he would not seek re-election.
She's also been endorsed by several other state lawmakers. Earlier this month, she was received the support of Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, and Rep. Ralph Norman, R-Rock Hill. In April, Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, and Reps. Eric Bedingfield, R-Belton, and Kris Crawford, R-Florence, announced they supported her candidacy.
Childs is one of eight candidates - which include, Sally Atwater, Gary Burgess, Amy Cofield, Sheri Few, Don Jordan, Elizabeth Moffly and Molly Spearman - 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.