Democratic school superintendent candidates debate

By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The two Democratic candidates in a runoff for their party's nomination to lead South Carolina's schools debated without ever talking about marijuana.

Former South Carolina Education Association president Sheila Gallagher supports legalizing and taxing marijuana and using the proceeds to pay for schools. South Carolina State University dean of graduate studies Tom Thompson does not.

But the big issue in the campaign didn't come up in Thursday's debate. Instead the two agreed on nearly every topic, from raising teacher's pay to getting more money to rural school districts to keeping the state superintendent of education an elected position.

The winner of Tuesday's runoff will face the winner of the Republican race between Sally Atwater and Molly Spearman.

South Carolina Educational Television will air the 30-minute debate at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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