State Rep. Andy Patrick, R-Hilton Head, announced Wednesday he will run for the South Carolina Superintendent of Education.
He confirmed his run to South Carolina Radio Network Wednesday.
Current superintendent Mick Zais has said he will not run for reelection in 2014. The Republican announced last month that he wished to step aside after just one term.
Last month, Patrick proposed teacher evaluations and said he was mulling a run against Zais even before the superintendent said he would not run again.
Patrick was elected to the Statehouse in 2010. He made an unsuccessful run for Congress in 2013, coming up short in the Republican primary for the First Congressional District. He finished fifth in that race.
Two Democratic candidates have announced their plan to run for the office: state Rep. Mike Anthony of Union and former Education Department employee Montrio Belton of Fort Mill.