Oklahoma elections: Paddack, Barresi easily carry primaries
A lifelong classroom teacher will make the race for state superintendent of schools a three party election in November.
In a race to replace perennial Sandy Garrett as the state's superintendent of education, two candidates roared out of the primaries Tuesday, while an independent quietly works below the fray for November.
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Susan Paddack, a two-term Democratic senator from Ada, defeated retired Superintendent Jerry Combrink with a substantial margin, claiming 73 percent with all but one precinct reporting.
"The strong show of support, I think, gives us the momentum going into the general election," Paddack said.
In the Republican primary, Janet Barresi, a charter school founder from Edmond, defeated Brian Kelly, taking 63 percent of the votes with all but one precinct reporting.
"We're going to take just a little bit of time to celebrate, then, we're back to work," Barresi said. "I didn't get in this race to just be the Republican nominee. I got in this race to really change children's lives."
On Nov. 2, Barresi and Paddack will face independent candidate Richard Cooper, who has spent most of his 29-year career as a classroom teacher.
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