We strongly endorse Joy Hofmeister for state superintendent
ENID, OK (Nov 1, 2014) — When Joy Hofmeister faced incumbent Janet Barresi last summer, we endorsed the challenger for state superintendent of public instruction.
We were impressed with how Hofmeister, a former member of the Oklahoma State Board of Education, has the ability to listen to others and inspire people to work together. The career educator is a former public school teacher trained in international curricula for math and reading.
Many Democrats switched to Republican to vote out Barresi in the primary. An Enid News & Eagle study of teacher certification and voter data showed more than 1,200 educators had re-registered with the GOP since May 2013.
In the primary, Hofmeister won every county and earned 57.6 percent of the vote. The incumbent Barresi came in third place with 21 percent.
After avoiding a runoff, Hofmeister now faces Democratic candidate John Cox in Tuesday’s general election.
Hofmeister has received support from Republicans and Democrats alike. Enid state Sen. Patrick Anderson was one of 20 Republican lawmakers to endorse her for state school superintendent last January.
In October, Hofmeister was endorsed by three former state education officials: former Democrat State Superintendent Sandy Garrett, who was education secretary to Republican Gov. Henry Bellmon and Democrat Gov. David Walters, Secretary Phyllis Hudecki, who served GOP Gov. Mary Fallin, and former Secretary Floyd Coppedge, who served Republican Gov. Frank Keating.
“I’m supporting Joy Hofmeister because education should not be a partisan issue,” Garrett said. “We need a state superintendent who can successfully implement reform and advocate for education.
“Joy will be a superintendent for teachers. I believe teachers need an advocate at this critical time in our state’s history as we are witnessing an exodus of educators from the profession. … We also need a leader who can collaborate at the state Capitol to achieve our goals. Joy has demonstrated an ability to build coalitions, and that is desperately needed if we are to put a renewed focus on education in Oklahoma. Our next state superintendent has to be effective.”
We strongly endorse Republican Joy Hofmeister for state superintendent of public instruction.