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.
In the governor’s race, Gov. Mary Fallin, an Oklahoma City Republican, raised $2,682,398 as of March 31, her report shows.
Fallin’s total includes more than $500,000 in donations in this year’s first three months.
Her two Republican challengers, Chad Moody, of Oklahoma City, and Dax Ewbank, of Guthrie, did not file contributions reports.
Another Republican, Randy Brogdon, of Owasso, raised $15,036 during his now-abandoned gubernatorial campaign. He is now running for U.S. Senate instead.
The only Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Joe Dorman, of Rush Springs, reported raising $276,601 as of March 31.
One independent candidate, Richard Prawdzienski, of Edmond, reported having no contributions as of March 31. The other independent, Kimberly Willis, of Oklahoma City, did not file a report.
In other races as of March 31, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, an Oklahoma City Republican, has raised $1,051,182.
“Todd Lamb is ... a competitor, so we take any challenge seriously. We are poised to share Todd’s vision for our state with voters,” a campaign spokesman said.
His Democratic challenger, Cathy Cummings, of Oklahoma City, has raised $10,920, her report shows.
Insurance Commissioner John Doak, a Tulsa Republican, has raised $399,866. His only challenger, Bill Viner, a Moore Republican, did not file a contributions report.
Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, an Edmond Republican, has raised more than $235,000, mostly from a personal loan last year.
His Democratic challenger, Mike Workman, of Tulsa, has raised $2,260.
Former state House Speaker Todd Hiett, R-Kellyville, has raised $114,900 in his bid to become a corporation commissioner while Sen. Cliff Branan, R-Oklahoma City, has raised $219,601.
State Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, has raised $222,495 toward re-election to his Senate seat. His only challenger, John Knecht, a Bristow Republican, did not report any contributions.
The state auditor, attorney general and treasurer drew no opponents, so they will not need their campaign funds for re-election.
As of March 31, Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones has raised $37,405, Attorney General Scott Pruitt has raised $345,439 and Treasurer Ken Miller has raised $332,219.