The Woodward News

June 21, 2013

State candidate to visit Monday

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — A candidate for next year's election for State Superintendent of Public Instruction will be in Woodward on Monday for a "meet and greet" with local voters.

Joy Hofmeister, a former member of the State Board of Education, will be available to meet with local parents, educators, business leaders and other community members from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the media center at Woodward High School.

Hofmeister resigned from the State Board of Education in April, citing her intentions to campaign for state superintendent and challenge incumbent Janet Barresi.

Despite her resignation from the state board, Hofmeister continues to be involved in the education arena, serving as the president of JLH Resources, Inc., which does business as Kumon Math & Reading Centers in Tulsa.

Woodward Super-intendent Tim Merchant said the school is hosting Hofmeister as a community service and is in no way endorsing her candidacy.

"As a district we cannot endorse or support any individual single candidate," Merchant said.

Rather the school is just providing a place for Hofmeister to meet with the public as she makes a campaign visit in Woodward.

"Once she declared her candidacy, she indicated she was looking for places where she could get to know people and people could get to know her," Merchant said.  "And we're giving her the opportunity to come out here and meet with people from the Woodward area."

He said the stop in Woodward is just one of many meetings with the public that Hofmeister has planned statewide.

"After she comes to Woodward on Monday, she'll go on to Elk City that evening," he said.  "She's kind of on a meet and greet tour across the state of Oklahoma, trying to hear the people and let the people hear her."

The local school superintendent said he hopes that the public will come out and take advantage of this "great opportunity for the public to get to know one of the candidates for state superintendent."

He said now is the time for voters to become informed about their choices for who might shape the future of Oklahoma's common education system.

"We're at a very crucial point in our state as to where education is going and what education will look like in the future.  Parents, business leaders, as well as educators all need to be very involved in the next election for state superintendent," Merchant said.

Since the "meet and greet" is scheduled during the lunch hour, there will be pizza and drinks available for those who attend.

"I would encourage anyone and everyone to come out and meet Hofmeister and hear what she has to say about what her campaign goals are and what her philosophy for public education is," Merchant said.