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.
State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones reported raising $5,505 during the period and having $6,338 on hand. He raised $153,411 in 2010, including $60,000 he gave to his campaign.
State Treasurer Ken Miller reported raising $10,350 during the reporting period and having $65,659 on hand. In 2010, he raised $587,253, including $50,000 he gave to his campaign.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced this week he is seeking re-election. He hasn't yet filed organizational papers, according to the Ethics Commission's website.
Insurance Commissioner John Doak reported raising $25,622 during the quarter and having $264,156 on hand. Doak in 2010 raised $939,980, including $288,500 he gave to his campaign.
Labor Commissioner Mark Costello has not yet filed paperwork for a re-election campaign with the Ethics Commission. In 2010, he loaned his campaign $521,847 of the $547,800 raised.
Mike Workman, a Democratic contender from Tulsa for labor commissioner, reported raising $1,000 and having $729 available.
Fallin reported having $970,580 available after raising $547,688 during the quarter in her quest to seek re-election as governor.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb reported raising $31,000 during the quarter and had $46,964 on hand June 30. In 2010, he raised nearly $1.2 million.
Oklahoma City's Cathy Cummings, a Democratic challenger to Lamb, reported raising $260 during the quarter and having $460 on hand.