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UPDATE: Andy Patrick Drops Out of State Superintendent Race

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UPDATE 1/28/14

Andy Patrick announced today he has suspended his campaign for State Superintendent.

Furthermore, Patrick announced he has decided to retire from the State House at the conclusion of his term.

Patrick released this statement: 

"The reason I entered the race for Superintendent, and politics in general, was because I wanted to ensure that my children, and the thousands like them across South Carolina, received the best education and future possible. But over the past few weeks, it has become increasingly clear that before I can continue my service to my state, I must first ensure that my children have their dad by their side during a very difficult time for our family. I am committed to working on behalf of my constituents and all South Carolina families, but at this time a campaign is not best for my children. I ask for your prayers, not for me but for my five children, and respect for their privacy during this difficult time."




State Representative Andy Patrick of Hilton Head has officially announced his candidacy to become South Carolina's next State Superintendent.

Patrick, a Republican, serves on the House Education Committee and the Education Oversight Committee.

He made the announcement on his Facebook page with a link to his website,

Patrick is looking to replace Mick Zais who decided not to run for re-election.

Patrick's announcement comes a month after he introduced a pay-for-performance plan for teachers.

State Rep. Mike Anthony of Union and Montrio Belton of Fort Mill are the Democratic candidates.

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