- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Republican businesswoman from Tulsa says she will take on State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi in the GOP primary in June.

Joy Hofmeister officially announced her candidacy Monday at the Tulsa Press Club.

An appointee of Gov. Mary Fallin to the State Board of Education, Hofmeister resigned her post last year to explore a potential run against Barresi. At least 20 Republican legislators have publicly endorsed Hofmeister’s campaign.

Hofmeister reported having about $200,000 in cash on hand at the end of September, the most recent report available. Barresi had about $150,000 at the end of the same period.

In a statement on Monday, Hofmeister criticized Barresi’s implementation of several education initiatives.

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