|Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Oklahoma State Board of Education|
|January 2012-April 2013|
|Bachelor's||Texas Christian University|
|Profession||Owner, Kumon Math & Reading Centers - South Tulsa|
A former public school teacher, Hofmeister serves as CEO of Kumon Math & Reading Centers of South Tulsa. She served on the Oklahoma State Board of Education from January 2012 until her resignation on April 24, 2013.
- Bachelor's degree, Education, Texas Christian University
- Teaching certificates, English and Elementary Education
Hofmeister ran for election as Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction. Hofmeister won the Republican nomination in the June 2014 primary, defeating incumbent Janet Barresi. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
|Oklahoma Superintendent, Republican Primary, 2014|
|Brian S. Kelly||21.4%||56,014|
|Election Results Via:Oklahoma State Election Board Unofficial Results.|
|Oklahoma Superintendent, 2014|
|Republican||Joy Hofmeister Incumbent||55.8%||457,053|
|Election Results via Oklahoma State Election Board.|
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
|2014 Republican primary for Oklahoma Superintendent|
|Poll||Janet Costello Barresi||Joy Hofmeister||Brian S. Kelly||Unsure||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
May 5-10, 2014
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- Official campaign website
- Oklahoma State Board of Education - Joy Hofmeister
- Joy Hofmeister on LinkedIn
- Rep. Jason Nelson, "Fallin announces appointment of Joy Hofmeister to the State Board of Education," January 13, 2012
- Tulsa World, "State Board of Education member resigns, considers run for state superintendent," April 24, 2013
- The Ada News, "Hofmeister announces candidacy for state school superintendent," June 5, 2013
- NewsOn6, "Governor Fallin Signs Bill To Repeal, Replace Common Core Standards," June 5, 2014
- The Oklahoman, "Challenger for Oklahoma schools superintendent position out-raises opponent in campaign funds," November 2, 2013
- NewsOK, "Oklahoma state schools superintendent loans campaign almost $1 million in last month," June 18, 2014
- The Oklahoman, "Barresi campaign says rival would deprive Oklahoma children with special needs of education opportunities," June 5, 2014
- Tulsa World, "State superintendent candidates, minus Barresi, meet in Owasso forum," June 18, 2014
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