Brian S. Kelly

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Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction
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Brian S. Kelly was a Republican candidate for Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction in the 2014 elections.[1]



See also: Oklahoma down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Kelly ran for election to the office of Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction. Kelly failed to win the Republican nomination in the primary on June 24. The general election took place November 4, 2014. [1]

Primary results

Oklahoma Superintendent, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoy Hofmeister 57.6% 151,124
Brian S. Kelly 21.4% 56,060
Janet Barresi 21% 55,048
Total Votes 262,232
Election Results via Oklahoma State Election Board.

Race background

As in other superintendent races across the country, the national debate over the Common Core educational benchmarks inspired many candidates to throw their hat in the ring to challenge the incumbent, Republican Janet Barresi. This issue gained prominence when Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a law repealing Common Core standards in Oklahoma, becoming one of the earliest states to take such a step.[2]

Barresi faced a serious challenge from educator Joy Hofmeister in the primary. While Hofmeister had raised almost $1.5 million by the primary, Barresi only kept pace by loaning over $1.25 million to her campaign.[3][4] Both Barresi and Hofmeister, along with most of the other superintendent candidates in both parties, opposed Common Core and tried to pin its implementation on one another in attack ads.[5] In a debate on June 17 that included Hofmeister and the Democratic candidates, all of the candidates expressed opposition to Common Core and support for a change in educational culture.[6] In total, there were three Republicans and four Democrats contesting the superintendent primaries on June 24.

Hofmeister defeated Barresi in the Republican primary, receiving enough votes to avoid a runoff, and faced Democratic candidate John Cox in the general election.

Primary polling

2014 Republican primary for Oklahoma Superintendent
Poll Janet Costello Barresi Joy HofmeisterBrian S. KellyUnsureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Sooner Poll
May 5-10, 2014
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