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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Democratic race for state Superintendent of Education isn't as heated as the Republican contest but it is also crowded.

The race has centered on how to properly fund public education, increase teacher pay, create a fair teacher evaluation system and boost state support for the public schools.

The four candidates are state Rep. Jerry Govan of Orangeburg, South Carolina State University dean of graduate studies Tom Thompson, former director of school transformation Montrio Belton and former president of South Carolina Education Association Sheila Gallagher.

All the candidates emphasize the need for equitable funding for all schools and to ensure base student costs are fully funded under current laws by closing tax exemptions.

The primary is June 10. The candidates will hold a televised debate on Thursday.

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