A Republican candidate for state schools superintendent outraised the incumbent 4-1 in the first three months of this year, their latest contributions reports show.
Challenger Joy Hofmeister raised $127,004 in January through March while state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi raised $31,600.
“It sends a strong signal that people are ready for a change,” Hofmeister said Thursday. “Clearly, Oklahomans are tired of the conflict, negativity, mismanagement, over-testing and computer glitches that have shut down the education process and put it into paralysis.”
Barresi has been concentrating on work, her campaign manager said.
“First and foremost, Janet is focused on the job she was elected to as state superintendent,” campaign manager Robyn Matthews said. “She is pleased with the financial support and encouragement she has received from those who understand we must continue to set higher standards and direct more money to the classroom. ... Our campaign will have whatever resources are necessary for success.”
Barresi, an Oklahoma City Republican, still is ahead overall in fundraising in that race, primarily because the dentist loaned her campaign $350,000 last year, reports show.
As of March 31, Barresi has raised $557,355.
Hofmeister, of Tulsa, has raised $448,668 as of March 31. She loaned herself $15,194, the records show.
Hofmeister is a former public schoolteacher who operates a math and reading program for children in south Tulsa.
Another Republican candidate, Brian S. Kelly, of Edmond, did not file a contributions report.
The latest campaign contribution reports were due Wednesday at the state Ethics Commission.
Four Democrats are seeking the schools superintendent position.
Raising the most so far among the Democrats is John Cox, of Peggs. His total is $192,497 as of March 31.
Also, as of March 31, Ivan Holmes, of Oklahoma City, raised $12,878; Freda Deskin, of Edmond, raised $164,695; and Jack Herron, of Norman, had $17,798.
Another Democrat, Donna Anderson, of Kingston, raised $48,736. She withdrew from the schools superintendent’s race in February because of health reasons.