Democrats running for education superintendent to debate + debate video

Sheila Gallagher and Tom Thompson, the two Democratic runoff candidates for state superintendent of education, will debate tonight from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on S.C. ETV. The debate is sponsored by ETV and seven S.C. newspapers, including The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette.

The pre-recorded debate will be available after 8 p.m. at islandpacket.com and beaufortgazette.com and broadcast on S.C. ETV channels.

Who: Appearing will be Gallagher, a retired Florence educator and former S.C. Education Association president, and Thompson, a former dean at S.C. State University and a Forest Hill resident. Gallagher won 36 percent of the votes cast in the June 10 Democratic primary to 26 percent for Thompson.

Sallay Atwater, the second-place finisher for the GOP nomination to succeed Republican superintendent Mick Zais, declined to debate Molly Spearman, who finished first in the GOP primary.

What's next? The primary runoffs will be Tuesday. You can vote in the runoff only of the party whose primary you voted in on June 10. For instance, if you voted in the June 10 GOP primary, you can vote only in the GOP runoff. However, if you did not vote June 10, you can vote in either party's runoff.