In South Carolina, the State Superintendent of Education serves as secretary and administrative officer to the State Board of Education. He or she has general supervision over and management of all public school funds provided by the state and federal government as well as organizes staff and administers to the State Department of Education.
The other four Republican candidates are Gary Burgess, Elizabeth Moffley, Kelly Payne and Brent Nelsen. Candidates for the Democratic race are Frank Holleman III and Tom Thompson. Libertarian candidate is Timothy Moultrie.