By Associated Press - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - At least two Democrats are seeking to oust Republican State Superintendent Janet Barresi, who also is expected to face a primary challenge to her re-election bid.

Longtime education official Jack Herron of Norman and Peggs Superintendent John Cox of Hulbert both filed candidacy papers on Wednesday, the first of a three-day filing period for state offices. Both Herron and Cox are Democrats.

Barresi also filed candidacy papers on Wednesday for a second four-year term in office. At least one other Republican plans to challenge her.

The 68-year-old Herron is a former superintendent who recently worked as assistant state superintendent for financial services at the state Department of Education until Barresi took over in 2011.

Cox, 50, has spent nearly 30 years as an educator, including 20 as a superintendent.

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