SC Republican superintendent candidates Kathy Maness, Ellen Weaver snag endorsements

Ellen Weaver has collected a number of high-level endorsements of elected Republicans heading into South…

Ellen Weaver has collected a number of high-level endorsements of elected Republicans heading into South Carolina’s GOP runoff for training superintendent June 28.

Weaver, president of the conservative assume tank Palmetto Promise Institute, garnered the assist of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and state Rep. Russell Fry this week, including to her intensive checklist of GOP figures who’ve endorsed her.

Her opponent Kathy Maness, head of one of many state’s prime trainer associations, is endorsed by present Superintendent Molly Spearman and Greenville County College Board member Lynda Leventis-Wells who was the sixth-place finisher within the Republican major’s first spherical. 

“Conservatives on the bottom, in addition to leaders like Sen. Tim Scott, former Sen. Jim DeMint, congressmen Jeff Duncan, William Timmons, and Ralph Norman, and soon-to-be congressman Russell Fry, are all coming collectively to assist our marketing campaign and put a conservative voice accountable for South Carolina’s training system,” Weaver stated.

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Jon Parker, Maness’ marketing campaign spokesman, took purpose at the truth that lots of Weaver’s endorsers had been politicians. He stated Maness stays targeted on the assist of academics and oldsters.

“Her imaginative and prescient to empower mother and father, not politicians, is resonating throughout the state, which is why she received practically each county in South Carolina final week and got here in tens of 1000’s of votes forward of all of her opponents,” he stated. 

Maness completed first within the June 14 major, incomes 30.57 p.c of the vote. Weaver bought 23.33 p.c.

The election on June 28 will determine which candidate will go on to the final election, the place they are going to face Democrat Lisa Ellis, a trainer of 21 years and founding father of the academics’ advocacy group SC for Ed. She stepped down from her function as head of the group earlier this week. 

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