After months of speculation State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex, appearing on Columbia’s WIS-TV Monday night, made known his future political aspirations. “After a number of months of consultation and contemplation, I have decided to run for the governorship of South Carolina.”
Rex is making campaign stops Tuesday in Greenville, Orangeburg, Florence, and Charleston.
Rex says several factors led to his decision to run including the battle earlier this year to secure stimulus money for education. “Certainly having to be the last state in the nation to accept the need to bring in some money to save hundreds and hundreds of jobs in South Carolina, was just another example of leadership stuck in the past while we’re trying to move our state into the twenty-first century.”
Rex says if elected he would bring several unique qualifications and experience to the office. “I’m not a career politician, I’m an after career politician. I”ve run a private college (Columbia College). I was a vice-president at the University of South Carolina External Affairs for its entire system including managing a $100 million endowment. I have been, of course, the State Superintendent of Education even with the budget cuts, an over $2 billion enterprise in South Carolina. I’ve managed more people, more dollars, more programs than all the other candidates, democrat and republican combined.”
Rex joins a field of democratic hopefuls including Kershaw County Senator Vincent Sheheen, Charleston County Senator Robert Ford, Columbia attorney and lobbyist Dwight Drake, Charleston attorney Mullins McLeod, and Charleston area pastor Amos Elliott.