The South Carolina Education Association has endorsed Democrat Bakari Sellers in the race for lieutenant governor.

"An outstanding product of South Carolina public schools, Rep. Sellers has established a strong record of support for public education," Bernadette R. Hampton, president of the SCEA, said in a media release Wednesday.

"He grew up in rural Bamberg County and went on to graduate from Morehouse College and the University of South Carolina School of Law," the statement continued. "His commitment to seniors is significant because of the critical role seniors play in the lives of young people - as mentors, family historians, role models, and sometimes even as surrogate parents to their own grandchildren."

Sellers is a state representative from Denmark. He faces Republican Henry McMaster in the lieutenant governor's race.

"I am honored to have the support of this outstanding organization that is so dedicated to improving education in our state, along with the lives of so many South Carolinians," Sellers said.

Sellers has served in the Legislature since 2006, elected at age 22.

The SCEA is the state's oldest professional association for educators in South Carolina.