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Oklahoma state schools superintendent hopeful John Cox defeats Freda Deskin in runoff to determine party nomination

Peggs school superintendent will face GOP nominee Joy Hofmeister in Nov. 4 general election
by Tim Willert Modified: August 26, 2014 at 11:45 pm •  Published: August 26, 2014
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Rural educator John Cox secured the Democratic Party nomination for state schools superintendent with a resounding victory over Freda Deskin in Tuesday’s runoff election.

With all 1,956 precincts reporting, Cox received 60,337 votes (62.9 percent) and Deskin, longtime educator and charter school founder, received 35,607 votes (37.1 percent).

Cox, 50, of Hulbert, will face Joy Hofmeister in the Nov. 4 general election. Hofmeister, a Tulsa Republican, beat incumbent Janet Barresi in the June 24 primary.

“I think that it will give us momentum going into the general election because people are excited about a school superintendent being the next state superintendent of public education,” he said. “They know I live it every day and that’s the kind of person that Oklahomans want as a state superintendent of public education.”

Cox, the superintendent of Peggs Public School in northeast Oklahoma, led from the start over Deskin, 65, of Edmond, founder and chief executive officer of the Advanced Science and Technology Education Charter middle and high schools in Oklahoma City.

The margin of victory “re-energized” Cox, who predicted a win in the general election.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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