Challenger for Oklahoma schools superintendent position outraises opponent in campaign funds

Joy Hofmeister, of Tulsa, has raised more in six months than incumbent schools Superintendent Janet Barresi has in a year and a half.
by Nolan Clay Published: November 2, 2013
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Hofmeister is a former public schoolteacher who operates a math and reading program for children in south Tulsa. Gov. Mary Fallin appointed her to the state Education Board in January 2012. She announced in April her resignation from the Education Board to run for superintendent.

Five Democrats have filed paperwork with the Ethics Commission stating they are seeking the schools superintendent position.

Two who just recently got started — Ivan Holmes of Oklahoma City and Freda Deskin of Edmond — did not have any contributions as of Sept. 30.

John Cox of Locust Grove had raised the most of the other Democrats — $69,280 total as of Sept. 30. Most of that was from a loan. Donna Anderson of Kingston had $30,559 total and Jack Herron of Norman has $3,950 total.

In other campaigns

Other campaign reports for 2014 races — covering fundraising through Sept. 30 — show:

• Gov Mary Fallin, a Republican, raised $368,243 during the latest reporting period and $1,496,068 overall. No Democrat has filed paperwork for the position yet with the Ethics Commission.

• State Treasurer Ken Miller, a Republican, raised $51,000 during the latest reporting period and $141,864 overall.

• Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a Republican, raised $86,252 during the latest reporting period and $180,530 overall.

• State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones, a Republican, raised $250 during the latest reporting period and $5,755 overall.

• Insurance Commissioner John Doak, a Republican, raised $51,275 in the latest reporting period and $349,111 overall.

• Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, a Republican, loaned his campaign $202,000 in September. That amount also was his overall total.

• Michael Workman of Tulsa, a Democratic candidate for labor commissioner, raised $500 in the latest reporting period and $1,500 overall.

• Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, a Republican, raised $382,488 in the latest reporting period and $432,489 overall. His Democratic challenger, Cathy Cummings, of Oklahoma City, raised $1,750 in the latest reporting period and $2,210 overall.

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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