COLUMBIA - With just a few days left until the primary, superintendent of education candidate Meka Childs received additional endorsements by three Upstate Senators.
Childs' campaign announced through a written release on Friday she was endorsed by House Majority Leader Rep. Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, and Reps. Phyllis Henderson, R-Greer, and Dan Hamilton, R-Greenville. Bannister said he was looking forward to having a "true conservative friend" leading the Deparment of Educaiton.
"I know Meka will be a strong voice and advocate for protecting South Carolina's right to determine education practices in the Palmetto State, parental empowerment, school choice, fiscal responsibility, and individualized education," said Bannister, according to the release.
Henderson said Childs understands the "the link between high-quality instruction and the long-term economic viability of our state."
"I know that with Meka leading the Department of Education our taxpayers will be protected from wasteful spending, our parents will be empowered with more choice, and our students will be prepared to take full advantage of all our state has to offer after graduation," Henderson said.
Hamilton added Childs' life experiences have prepared her for the superintendency.
"Meka's knowledge of education policy is so profound, she had the insight to recognize the pitfalls of Common Core before most people had heard of it and voted against its adoption in 2010 when she served on the Education Oversight Committee," Hamilton said.
Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, and Reps. Phil Owens, R-Easley; Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, Joshua Putnam, R-Piedmont; and Kirkman Finlay, R-Columbia also announced their support on Thursday for Childs.
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. In May, she received the support of Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort; Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas, R-Hartsville; and Rep. Mike Burns, R-Taylors; 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.
The primary election is on Tuesday.