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Two Democrats raise close to $300,000 each in Oklahoma state schools superintendent race

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate outraised Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin between June 10 and Aug. 11. Joe Dorman calls his success more evidence of public dissatifaction with Fallin. A spokesman for Fallin pointed out her campaign had almost 10 times more in the bank than Dorman’s campaign.
by Nolan Clay Published: August 19, 2014

The two Democrats still in the race for state schools superintendent took in close to $300,000 each through Aug. 11, their latest campaign reports show.

John Cox and Freda Deskin are on next week’s runoff ballot. The winner will face Republican candidate Joy Hofmeister in November’s general election.

Cox raised $299,746 as of Aug. 11 while Deskin raised $283,654, the reports show. Both spent most of their campaign funds.

Cox, superintendent of Peggs Public Schools, loaned almost $69,000 to his campaign. Deskin, a longtime educator and the founder of ASTEC Charter School in Oklahoma City, loaned her campaign $46,154.

Hofmeister, of Tulsa, raised $616,573 but only had $27,921 left Aug. 11, her report shows.

The incumbent, Republican Janet Barresi, came in third in the June primary election, despite loaning her 2014 campaign almost $1.3 million.

There were a few surprises in the latest campaign contribution reports filed at the state Ethics Commission. The reports were due Monday.

The biggest surprise came in the governor’s race. Democrat Joe Dorman outraised the Republican incumbent, Mary Fallin, over the two-month period covered in the latest reports.

Dorman, a state representative from Rush Springs, raised $267,310 between June 10 and Aug. 11 while Fallin raised $239,677.

Dorman called his success more evidence that hard-working Oklahomans have become disillusioned with Fallin. “Oklahomans realize how, in all aspects, Fallin has failed the state,” he said.

Overall, Dorman has raised $654,026 and had $142,423 left as of Aug. 11. Fallin has raised $3,291,225 and had $1,139,249 left as of Aug. 11.

A spokesman for Fallin pointed out her campaign had almost 10 times more in the bank than Dorman’s campaign.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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