Laura Massenat wins Oklahoma City School Board District 4 seat

An Oklahoma City business owner has defeated a lobbyist and a stay-at-home mother to take the spot on the Oklahoma City School Board left vacant by Steve Shafer.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: February 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm •  Published: February 14, 2012
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Oklahoma businesswoman Laura Massenat won a three-way race for a seat on the Oklahoma City School Board.

Massenat won the District 4 seat with 890 votes, or 54.6 percent of the vote.

“I'm glad that it's over in the way that it is over,” Massenat said Tuesday night. “I'm ready to get to work.”

She fills the seat left vacant by Steve Shafer.

Massenat, 44, co-owns Elemental Coffee and has four children who attend Oklahoma City Public Schools.

She celebrated her victory with about 150 supporters at a watch party Tuesday night at Oklahoma Theatre Supply.

Lobbyist Patrick Gaines, 42, finished second in the race with 425 votes, or 26 percent of the vote.

Mother and former nuclear electronics technician Crystal Hodges, 33, finished with 316 votes, or 19.4 percent of the vote.

This was Massenat's first time to run for office, and it was a tiring process at times, she said.

“One time my friend asked me to run a marathon and I'd never run before and I said yes,” she said. “It reminds me of this.”