Woodward, Okla. — “Joy was by far the best of them,” said Kevin McLaughlin, a network engineer from Oklahoma City. “She’s an obviously better alternative.”
McLaughlin said he hopes Hofmeister’s resounding victory sends a message to those who run for office in “bad faith,” adding that Barresi made “substantial promises” that she didn’t keep.
He said Barresi had promised to keep Common Core out of schools but then implemented them anyway.
Adena Bolte, a fifth-grade teacher at Mannford Public Schools, said she’s opposed to almost everything Barresi stands for.
But she also personally knows Hofmeister through her work with Kumon Learning Centers.
“I saw her dedication for kids. It’s not phony. It’s absolutely genuine,” Bolte said. “I believe that Joy’s in it for the right reason and will work with us as educators.”