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State Supt. of Education candidates to debate Tuesday

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

It's a crowded race for State Superintendent of Education. 13 candidates are competing for the seat.

Tuesday candidates will go debate to make their case for your vote.

The pool of candidates will thin out from 13 to three after the June 10th primary. The four Democratic candidates have already tackled the issues.

But of eight Republican candidates, only five of them have met together to discuss the issues in a public setting.

Sally Atwater,  Amy Cofield, and Sheri Few were not present at a Kershaw County Schools forum last Thursday. But they are confirmed to join the other five Republican Candidates in Tuesday night's debate.

On many of the issues the candidates are pretty similar: All eight have voiced their support for more school choice programs either through school vouchers, tax credits, or online and home schooling options.

On the topic of common core, Don Jordan is the only Republican candidate who hasn't voiced outright opposition to the national standards.

Only Sally Atwater and Molly Spearman have released campaign ads.  According to the latest financial reports filed with the State Ethics Commission, Spearman, Atwater, and Charmeka Childs lead the fundraising race with Sheri Few, and Amy Cofield in the middle of the pack.
Gary Burgess, Don Jordan, and Elizabeth Moffly trail the other five.

The debate is on ETV Tuesday night from 7 until 8 p.m.

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