Joy Hofmeister pulls away from Brian Kelly, Janet Barresi in surprising race for state schools superintendent
The hotly contested race for state superintendent of public instruction between incumbent Janet Barresi and former state School Board member Joy Hofmeister didn’t materialize at the polls Tuesday.
With all 1,956 precincts reporting, Hofmeister pulled away early in the Republican primary and never looked back, capturing 151,012 votes (57.6 percent) to advance to the Nov. 4 general election while Barresi — who spent more than a million of her own money on her campaign — finished third behind longshot Brian Kelly.
Kelly, 50, of Edmond, who kept a low profile during the campaign, received 56,014 votes (21.4 percent) and Barresi, 62, of Oklahoma City, got 55,015 votes (21 percent)
Okay, so Barresi spent something like $1.4-million of her own money on this campaign and only received 55,015 votes? That comes out to about $25 bucks per vote. Go ahead, do it with me:
With Barresi about to be unemployed, and without a campaign to waste money on, I thought it would be fun to list 10 things Barresi can do to kill some time:
1. Replace campaign signs with Game of Thrones spoilers
Perhaps the part where Tyrion ODs on milk of the poppy?
2. Write guest editorials for The Oklahoman
She has the connections to make that happen.
3. Dye the Myriad Gardens fountain green... again
That had to be her, right? Then again, considering the prankster paid for clean up, maybe it was someone else.
4. Wear a Native American Headdress
Barresi does like beautiful things.
5. Test cosmetics on pandas
I bet all of them flunk the test, too. Damn A-F grading system...
6. Tell children Santa Claus isn't real
It's an annual Barresi holiday tradition.
7. Prison Dentistry
Imagine being an inmate going in for your cleaning and seeing Janet Barresi there with a dental scaler and mirror. That would be enough to call the ACLU and file a complaint.
8. Write a check at Walgreens
While she's at it, return a couple of items, too, and ask for some cash back.
9. Get a part-time job at Braum's
She'd fit in well there. I bet she's already been offered a job.