Who is Kelly Payne?

July 29, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Kelly Payne "IT Kids" Coordinator

Kelly Payne "IT Kids" Coordinator

We have been seeing the name Kelly Payne pop up all over the place over the past few weeks and over the last year.  After seeing all the buzz on FITSNews and a plug from Earl Capps, we had to check her out.

So after tracking her down on Facebook (actually, she tracked me down a few weeks ago promoting the “IT Kids“) and a few Facebook messages, we were able to catch up with Kelly for a few minutes yesterday and ask her a few questions and learn more about her.  For those of you who have not had the privilege to talk to her, you will immediately find that she is a pleasure to talk with.

Kelly received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1991 with a major in Political Science and History.  In 2005, she received her Master’s degree in Social Studies with distinguished honors.  She is currently a teacher at Dutch Fork High School and working throughout the summer with South Carolina Policy Council.

Payne also coordinated the efforts to get the Alive at 25 program active in South Carolina and has established “The Den of Payne” in her civics class at Dutch Fork High School.  “The Den of Payne” has attracted various state leaders including, Nikki Haley, Gov. Mark Sanford, SC House Speaker Bobby Harrell, Attorney General Henry McMaster and many more.

So, the begging question, is she running for Superintendent of Education?

As of now, she will neither confirm nor deny the rumors abroad that she is running.  She has confirmed that multiple activists have approached her and encouraged her to consider running though.

Tell us what you think!

UPDATE:
We have just received word that a Draft Kelly Payne Facebook Group has been created.