S.C Educator Running For Top Office

For superintendent seat

South Carolina Radio Network
October 23, 2018 - 5:09 pm

After the Democratic candidate for South Carolina’s education superintendent withdrew from the race due to a prior felony convictionrevealed last week, a Charleston middle school teacher is launching her campaign to be a write-in candidate.

Michele Phillips, who announced her run in a Facebook video, has just two weeks to sway voters. In the brief video, she noted her announcement came just as she’s “starting a unit on ancient Egypt this week for my sixth-graders.”

She will face incumbent Republican Molly Spearman, who was first elected in 2014. Democratic nominee Israel Romero withdrew his candidacy last week after the Anderson Independent-Mail reported he had a 2008 felony conviction for falsely portraying himself as an attorney in federal immigration court. The conviction meant Romero was almost certainly ineligible to hold the office due to the state Constitution’s requirement that at least 15 years elapse after a felony.

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