The Norman Transcript

October 18, 2013

Let campaigns begin


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The frost is beginning to form on the pumpkin, and that means the political season will begin soon. A Norman man announced his candidacy for state school superintendent this week, and Gov. Mary Fallin began her campaign for re-election.

One Democrat, RJ Harris, of Norman, has announced plans to run against Fallin in a primary. He formerly ran for U.S. Congress as a Republican challenger to Tom Cole.

Fallin, Oklahoma’s first female governor, had nearly $1 million in her campaign fund this past summer. Mr. Harris has yet to file paperwork for his campaign, according to an Associated Press report.

The superintendent’s post looks like it will draw a number of challengers trying to unseat state Superintendent Janet Barresi.

Jack Herron, 68, a former school superintendent and an assistant superintendent for finance under Barresi, launched his campaign at the state Capitol this week. He has worked as a teacher, principal, coach, superintendent and college administrator.

Mr. Herron, a Democrat, joins a field that includes former state Democratic Chair Ivan Holmes, Bennington Superintendent Donna Anderson, Beggs Superintendent John Cox and Republican Joy Hofmeister.

Barresi’s tenure as superintendent has been marred by public feuding with school superintendents throughout the state over funding, testing and other issues.