Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cox Wins Nod for Superintendent, to Face GOP's Hofmeister

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cox Wins Nod for Superintendent, to Face GOP's Hofmeister

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Unofficial returns with most precincts reporting showed late Tuesday that Peggs school Superintendent John Cox defeated fellow Democrat Freda Deskin in the primary runoff to choose the party nominee for state school superintendent.

With 92 percent of the votes in, Cox led Deskin by a comfortable 63.5 percent to 36.5 percent.

"What I was looking for was to see the passion in our voters out there across Oklahoma, and I did tonight," he said. "It just reinvigorates me to go out there and just work harder to help take care of our public schools. This isn't about John Cox at all. I think the voters have said that they want a public school superintendent in that position and they just want someone who cares about our kids. Bottom line, that's what we have to do."

Cox now faces Republican Joy Hofmeister at the November general election.

"I appreciate what Joy has done, because she's been out there fighting for our public schools," he said. "But what separates us is that this is my 21st year of being a public school superintendent. I am one right now and I think people see that and they see that I live that every day, and that when they ask questions I really have a true understanding of what they're talking about and what their concerns are."

Deskin outlined the message she wanted voters to understand in her effort to lead the public education system.

"The message is that we can transform Oklahoma education with the right leader in there, that has the depth and has the passion for children and that can work with the Republicans and the Democrats - and the time is now," she said. "There's never been a time that is more 'now' than now is. That has been the message, that I'm for all the children of Oklahoma and that they are my only group that I have an allegiance to ... the children of Oklahoma."

Deskin was not at the time ready to concede the election to Cox.

"The light voter turnout is certainly going to be critical," she said. "It just depends on where those voters got out. I think it's going to be a tight race."

In a four-candidate Democratic primary in June, Cox came out on top, with 41 percent of the vote to Deskin's 38. …

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