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Former Governor Brad Henry Endorses Joy Hofmeister
OKLAHOMA CITY (September 24, 2018) -- Former Gov. Brad Henry, who made education a cornerstone of his two terms in office, today endorsed State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister in her bid for reelection.
Henry is a Democrat and Hofmeister a Republican, but the former governor said education is an issue that transcends party affiliation.
"A strong Oklahoma requires a strong system of public education. As state schools superintendent, Joy Hofmeister has been a tough, tireless and effective advocate for all Oklahoma schoolchildren," Henry said.
"From Day One, Joy successfully fought for a long-overdue teacher pay raise and continues to push for increased investment in public education. She spearheaded strong academic standards, eliminated unnecessary testing and has always supported local control for our schools. Joy has shown she is willing to fight for our students and teachers, even if it means standing against her own party. There is real momentum underway for our schools, and I believe Joy Hofmeister is a big reason why. I trust her to continue fighting for public education, and I hope you will too.”
As the state's chief executive from 2003 to 2010, Henry increased teacher pay and ensured that Oklahoma paid for teachers' health insurance. Under his stewardship, the state became a leader in early childhood education. Gov. Henry's wife, Kim Henry, taught U.S. History in Moore and Shawnee public schools prior to becoming Oklahoma's First Lady.
Hofmeister said she is humbled by the support of Gov. and Mrs. Henry.
“What an honor it is to have the support of Gov. Henry, who was and remains a strong ally for public education,” said Hofmeister. “I have always appreciated and admired his commitment to our students, teachers and schools throughout Oklahoma. I am humbled and thankful he is offering his support.
“Governor Henry and I agree that the issue of public education transcends party affiliation. Providing a quality education to all Oklahoma children is not a partisan issue. We should all work together for the good of every student and ensure they are well prepared for life."