A longtime educator, school administrator and former university dean is the latest candidate to announce plans to seek the state superintendent post currently held by first-term Republican Janet Barresi.
Democrat Freda Deskin formally launched her campaign on Monday with announcements in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. She was joined by Oklahoma's former First Lady Kim Henry, who is chairing her campaign.
Deskin was a public school teacher and administrator for 15 years, taught at the University of Oklahoma and was a dean at Oklahoma City University.
Also seeking the Democratic nomination are former Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman Ivan Holmes, Bennington Superintendent Donna Anderson, Peggs Superintendent John Cox, and longtime educator Jack Herron. Republican Joy Hofmeister of Tulsa is also running.