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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A campaign donor to Gov. Nikki Haley and other Republicans is running to be South Carolina's next schools chief.

Amy Cofield announced her decision Tuesday to enter the increasingly crowded race. Cofield is the sister and law partner of Tommy Cofield, Haley's appointee to the University of South Carolina board of trustees.

In her announcement, Amy Cofield touts her connection with Haley and Sen. Katrina Shealy. She calls Haley a close friend.

Amy and her brother have each given thousands of dollars to Haley's campaigns, as has their Lexington law firm.

Haley received criticism early in her tenure for ousting University of South Carolina benefactor Darla Moore and replacing her with Tommy Cofield.

Amy Cofield is a former public school teacher. She alone has given $6,500 toward Haley's gubernatorial elections.

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