The Aiken Republican Club will host Molly Spearman, the Republican candidate for the state superintendent of education, at its next meeting.


Spearman and Democrat Tom Thompson will both be on the ballot to replace Republican Superintendent of Education Mick Zais in the November general election.


Spearman was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1993, serving four terms and is considered a “champion for children’s issues,” according to her website.


Spearman was later appointed deputy superintendent of education for governmental relations at the state Department of Education in 1998.


She also has led the S.C. Association of School Administrators, which is an organization of more than 3,600 principals, superintendents and other school leaders from around the state, for almost a decade, her website reads.


Spearman spent 18 years as a music teacher and also served as assistant principal in Saluda.


The luncheon will take place at Newberry Hall, located at 117 Newberry St. in downtown Aiken on Aug. 20. Registration starts at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon.


The cost of the luncheon is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.


For more information or to make reservations, email kgordon657@aol.com or call 803-257-1492.


The last day for canceling reservations is Aug. 19.