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Ivan Holmes
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Former candidate for
Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction
Bachelor'sOklahoma State University
Ph.D.Tulsa University
Place of birthEdmond, Oklahoma
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Ivan Holmes was a Democratic candidate for Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction in the 2014 elections.


Holmes' career in education began at Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College, where he taught English, speech and journalism. After earning his doctorate he began a journalism program and handled publicity at Northeastern State University. He previously served as chair of the Oklahoma State Democratic Party for two years.[1]


  • Master's Degree, Journalism and Education, Oklahoma State University
  • Doctorate in education, University of Tulsa



See also: Oklahoma down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Holmes ran for election to the office of Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction. Holmes failed to win the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 24.[2]

Primary results

Oklahoma Superintendent, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cox 41% 68,889
Green check mark transparent.pngFreda Deskin 38.2% 64,135
Jack Herron 13.3% 22,335
Ivan Holmes 7.4% 12,504
Total Votes 167,863
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.[3]

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.[4][5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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 Democratic primary for Oklahoma Superintendent
Poll Jack C. Herron Jr. John CoxFreda DeskinIvan HolmesUnsureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Sooner Poll
May 5-10, 2014
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