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Slow election year shaping up for 2014 in Oklahoma

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: August 8, 2013

Barring unforeseen changes, the 2014 election season in Oklahoma figures to be a snoozer in terms of statewide offices and congressional races.

With 16 months to Election Day, no Democrat has filed to run against Republican Gov. Mary Fallin. Nor has any Democrat enrolled to run against state Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones, Treasurer Ken Miller, Attorney General Scott Pruitt or Insurance Commissioner John Doak.

All of those incumbents swept into office in 2010 when Oklahoma for the first time in its history placed Republicans in every statewide elective office. That sweep was completed by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello and schools Superintendent Janet Barresi.

Costello, who hasn't yet officially filed to run for re-election, has drawn a Democratic opponent. So has Lamb. Barresi, meantime, has several challengers lining up, including one in her own party.

Republican Joy Hofmeister of Tulsa, a former state Board of Education member, has raised $166,000 for her campaign. That outpaced Barresi, who reported raising $101,100 during the April 1 to June 30 filing period — $100,000 of that her own money. Democrats seeking the job are Donna Anderson, a former school principal in Kingston, and John Cox of Locust Grove.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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