Frank Holleman, a Greenville attorney, is the first Democrat to enter next year’s race for superintendent of education. Current superintendent, Jim Rex, who is running for Governor on the Democratic ticket, said while he was not endorsing a candidate at this time, said Holleman is the sort of individual he would like to have replace him.
Rex made the following comment during the Democrat’s stump meeting in Prosperity on Wednesday, September 23, 2009. ” I have a phenomenal candidate by the name of Frank Holleman who announced yesterday. I’ve been talking to Frank for over a month. I’m not going to vacate this position without knowing that we’re going to have a strong candidate, a great superintendent, and a wonderful partner for me when I’m governor of South Carolina.”
Holleman was the first vice chairman of the South Carolina First Steps board, a statewide initiative to prepare young children to succeed in school. Rex announced additional qualifications he feels are worthy.
“Look at Frank Holleman. He was the Deputy Secretary of Education when Dick Riley was Secretary of Education at the federal level, he’s been chair of the Democratic Party. This guys going to do a great job. He has a great resume.”
Holleman is a native of Seneca and is 55 years old.