GOP lawmaker calls for Oklahoma State Superintendent to resign

OKLAHOMA CITY – More than a month after Oklahoma schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister was indicted for conspiracy in an alleged illegal fundraising scheme, a Republican state representative is calling for her to resign.

Rep. Kevin Calvey said Thursday that Hofmeister, who is also a Republican, is presumed innocent, but questioned whether lawmakers would trust her to lead the state education department with criminal charges pending against her.

Hofmeister was charged Nov. 3 with violating state campaign finance laws in order to illegally fund negative ads during her 2014 campaign for the Republican nomination for schools superintendent against then-Superintendent Janet Barresi.

Hofmeister defeated Barresi in the primary.

Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Superintendent

Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Superintendent

Hofmeister has said she will not resign and denied wrongdoing.

She says she will “vigorously defend” her integrity and reputation against the allegations.