Hofmeister Tops Barresi In Contributions

Randy Krehbiel  

Challenger Joy Hofmeister of Tulsa out-raised incumbent state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi almost 2-to-1 during the reporting period ending Sept. 30, according to documents filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.

Hofmeister, a former state Board of Education member, is one of six active challengers to Barresi in the 2014 election. Barresi and Hofmeister are the only two Republicans in the field.

Barresi, who largely self-funded her successful 2010 campaign, had contributions of $48,500 during the third quarter of 2013, with expenditures of $41,455 and cash on hand of $149,130.

Donors of note included state school board member Amy Ford of Durant; John Bryan, an Oregon industrialist with ties to Wichita’s Koch Brothers; BancFirst executive H.E. Rainbolt; Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clayton Bennett; the Chickasaw Nation; Devon Energy founder Larry Nichols; Walmart heirs Jim and Lynn Walton; and Tulsa businessman Larry Mocha.

Hofmeister reported contributions of $83,126 for the quarter, with expenditures of $27,222 and cash on hand of $200,087.

Donors of note included Tulsa Superintendent Keith Ballard, Broken Arrow Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall, Oktaha Superintendent Jerry Needham, Tulsa industrialist Darton Zink, Tulsa attorney Doug Mann, Owasso Superintendent Clark Ogilvie, former Jenks Superintendent Kirby Lehman, Union Superintendent Kirt Hartzler, Webco Industries Chief Executive Dana Weber, Bixby Superintendent Kyle Wood, former Tulsa Mayor Robert LaFortune, Liberty Superintendent Donna Camp and Enid Superintendent Shawn Hime.

Hofmeister also appeared to receive contributions from all or most of the staff of the Council of Oklahoma School Administrators.

Most contributions to Hofmeister were relatively small, and many if not most came from educators. Her support appeared to be based in the Tulsa area and in rural Oklahoma.

Barresi’s support appeared to be centered in the Oklahoma City area.

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