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Rep. Jerry Govan, D-Orangeburg, has officially announced he’s seeking another term.

“I’m running for re-election because I believe every child in South Carolina deserves a high-quality public education. I will keep fighting to fully fund education, because our children need so much more than ‘minimally adequate’ schools,” Govan said.

Govan represents House District 95, which includes the city of Orangeburg and the communities of Brookdale, Edisto, Cordova and Cope. He’s been in the House since 1993.

Govan’s announcement calls him a leading voice in the State House on public education funding, school safety measures and support for institutions of higher education, including South Carolina State University, Claflin College, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Denmark Technical College and Voorhees College.

“Serving the people of Orangeburg has been the greatest honor of my life. I want to use my experience to help House District 95,” Govan said. “If elected to another term, I will continue to advocate improving our schools, fixing our roads, and bringing good jobs to our community.”

Govan serves as the ranking member of the House Education and Public Works Committee; the House Operations and Management Committee, in which he serves as 1st vice chair, and the State House Committee.

He is also the incoming chair of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus, the legislative group of all African-American elected officials in the General Assembly.

Govan will be facing at least two challengers in the Democratic Party primary.

Orangeburg podiatrist Dr. Kevin Ray, who announced his candidacy in December, and marketing and outreach specialist for the Dalton House for Veterans and Non-Veterans Gene Gartman Jr. have both filed for the seat. Govan defeated Ray two years ago.

Democratic and Republican party primaries will be held in South Carolina on June 12. The filing period for local and state offices for the 2018 election season will close at noon Friday, March 30.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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