State Rep. Mike Anthony, D-Union, candidate for state superintendent of education, spoke at a Democratic Party breakfast Saturday at Shoney's.
Anthony, a retired teacher of about 30 years, was the representative for District 42 in state House of Representatives for the past 12 years.
But Anthony is perhaps best known as the Union High School football coach who led his team to three state championship wins.
Anthony will now try to snag the spot as state superintendent this fall.
The main platform of his candidacy, he said, will be early childhood education.
Anthony emphasized reaching children early would help alleviate educational issues in the upper-grade levels.
"Research shows that from 0 to 5 years old, the brain is the most active," Anthony said.
Anthony would like to see more early childhood education in the public schools.
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