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Then There Were Three

June 24, 2014

I told you this morning that it’s a beautiful day!

Now that tonight’s votes have been counted, we are certain that Oklahoma will be getting a new state superintendent in 2015. Voters have selected Republican candidate Joy Hofmeister to represent them on the November ballot. Meanwhile, Democrats have moved two candidates – John Cox and Freda Deskin – forward to an August run-off election.

This is the best-case scenario that I had hoped for. While I would have liked both parties to have decided their races today (to avoid further campaigning), I think we all saw that as unlikely.

I said nine days ago that we had to be all in for this to happen. If Janet Barresi was going to dump millions into her campaign, we had to fight back the best way we know how – with social media. Grass roots activism beat her money, her agenda, and her out-of-state handlers. Little did we know we’d be sending her all the way to a third-place finish!

How do I feel about the outcome? See below:

Shawshank Euphoric doesn’t even begin to describe it.

We all made this happen. It started when we just couldn’t contain ourselves. Our murmurs grew into an eruption. We would not be silenced. We demanded respect. But it’s not all about me. Here are some other reactions from across Twitter.


Oh, and one last thing.

  1. TC
    June 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    okeducationtruths . . . Well done, good and faithful servant.


  2. Monchistan
    June 24, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Beautiful day. Now to get rid of the individuals in the literacy department that have brown-nosing skills that are better than job skills and qualifications!


  3. Stef
    June 24, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    PERFECT day!


  4. June 24, 2014 at 11:34 pm
  5. okteacher
    June 25, 2014 at 8:08 am

    It’s a fresh start for education in Oklahoma. I feel like we just won a marathon. How JOYful this new experience is going to be.


  6. Bec
    June 25, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Hallelujah!!! But, we need to get answers to our questions before we elect the new state superintendent. I want to know what kind of reform and the road map to get there. I am grateful to you for the great job you have done up to this point. I hope you can help us get the answers we need to make an informed decision. Again, thanks. We very much appreciate your hard work.


  7. Brooke
    June 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Dr. Cox on Aug 26!


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