OKLAHOMA CITY - The Republican nominee for state Superintendent of Public Instruction is Joy Hofmeister.

Hofmeister, the incumbent, was forced into a runoff with Linda Murphy, an education adviser to former Gov. Frank Keating and former deputy commissioner with the state labor department.

Hofmeister was elected in 2014 but was embroiled in a scandal in 2016 when she was arrested on conspiracy and illegal campaign contributions charges. All charges were dismissed on Aug. 1, 2017.

During Hofmeister’s tenure as state superintendent, Oklahoma saw one of its biggest teacher walkouts in state history. The walkout lasted from April 2 to April 12.

Murphy was a certified teacher for 30 years in special education and elementary education.

Hofmeister will face Democratic nominee John Cox, the Peggs Public School superintendent, and Independent challenger Larry Huff, a retired educator, on Nov. 6.