COLUMBIA The widow of Republican campaign strategist Lee Atwater, known for his take-no-prisoners tactics, has officially entered the race to be South Carolinas next schools superintendent.


Sally Atwater filed her initial disclosure Wednesday after opening a campaign account with a $47,575 loan to herself.


Atwater says shes leaving her job Friday as a special education teacher in Colleton County to campaign full-time in her first run for elected office.


The 62-year-old Union native was widowed in 1991, when Lee Atwater died of complications from a brain tumor, leaving her a single mom of three young girls. She returned to South Carolina and the classroom in 2012.


Lee Atwater is considered the pioneer of modern day attack politics. He engineered wins for Ronald Reagan and the elder George Bush.