For Immediate Release

October 16th, 2013

Joe Hartman
(405) 641-7428


Former Administrator and Assistant State Superintendent Kicks-Off Campaign for

State Superintendent of Public Instruction


Oklahoma City – A life-long Oklahoman who has spent a life time working in education kicked off his campaign for State Superintendent of Public Instruction today.

“I’ve spent the past couple of months talking to my family, friends and supporters and am ready to get this campaign started,” said Jack Herron. “It is time we had a leader at the State Department of Education who can roll up their sleeves and do what is right for Oklahoma’s students. We need someone who can get education back on track.”

Jack is a past Assistant State Superintendent for Financial Services and currently works as Government Relations Director for Professional Oklahoma Educators. He has been a college administrator, high school principal, a coach, a teacher, and served as school superintendent for 18 years in Macomb, Mangum, Guthrie, and Duncan. He is the only candidate in the race who has been a teacher, a principal, a coach, an administrator and managed a whole division at the State Department of Education.

Outside of education, Jack is past Chair of the Oklahoma Community Service Commission, has been active in Kiwanis and Rotary, and was an American Legion Post Commander and a Chamber of Commerce President. He is a Leadership Oklahoma Class Two graduate and serves on the Board for the Jim Thorpe Association. He is an Eagle Scout, a 32nddegree Mason, and a veteran of the United States Air Force.

“I believe we can do three simple things to start to move education forward in Oklahoma,” said Herron. “We have to pay our teachers more, we need to give control of school districts back to their local communities and we need to focus on science and math. I have the broad and unique experience to do that.”

The current Superintendent of Public Instruction, Janet Barresi, is up for reelection in 2014

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