A former state Board of Education board member from Tulsa who is vying for the state schools superintendent post raised enough money during the past quarter to match the campaign war chest of the Republican incumbent, according to reports filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
Joy Hofmeister, a Republican, raised $166,056 since resigning in late April to consider a bid against state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi.
Barresi reported generating $101,100 during the April 1 to June 30 period. She loaned her campaign $100,000 and raised $1,100. During her 2010 campaign, Barresi loaned her campaign $731,345 of the $1.2 million raised.
Hofmeister, who was appointed in January 2010 by Gov. Mary Fallin to the state Board of Education, reported expenses of $3,204, leaving her with $144,172 available as of June 30.
Barresi reported having $141,747 available as of June 30, after spending $3,025 during the reporting period. Campaign filing reports were due midnight Wednesday.
Hofmeister said Thursday she will formally announce her candidacy for the office this fall.
The first-time potential candidate said she was pleased that her contributions came from more than 400 individuals.
Two Democrats also are considering running for the post.
Donna Anderson, of Kingston, reported raising $9,931 during the quarter and having $6,572 available as of June 30. John Cox, of Locust Grove, filed papers last week with the Ethics Commission to form an exploratory committee for the state superintendent race.
In other races
No Democrat has announced plans yet for governor, state auditor and inspector, treasurer, attorney general or insurance commissioner. All the state elected officials are Republicans.