COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State Rep. Mike Anthony of Union says he wants to lead South Carolina's public schools.
The 63-year-old retired teacher and coach announced Thursday he's running for the Democratic nomination for state education superintendent. He could face Republican Superintendent Mick Zais next year.
Anthony kicked off his three-stop tour in Union, which first elected him to the state House in 2002. He also was head football coach and athletic director for Union High School. During his tenure, the Yellow Jackets won three state football championships.
Anthony also spoke outside a Columbia middle school and planned a third event in North Charleston.
Zais is seeking a second term, but he declined Thursday to discuss a potential opponent. He says he's focusing on his job as state schools chief, not campaigning.