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OKC school board incumbent raises $5,600

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Incumbent Gloria Torres has raised more than $5,600 in her bid to win re-election to the Oklahoma City School Board, records show.

Her opponent, Josh Means, had not filed a campaign finance report as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

School board candidates are required to file a contributions and expenditures report between eight and 14 days before the election, according to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission website.

The election is April 2.

Torres' campaign raised $5,609.41 between Jan. 1 and March 18, according to a campaign report filed with the school board clerk.

Among her donors is school board member Rebecca Budd, who is listed as giving $250 in March, and board Chairwoman Paula Lewis, who is listed as giving $75 in February. Jessica Martinez-Brooks, who is listed as chairwoman of Torres' campaign committee, donated $1,000 in February, records show. Martinez-Brooks is the wife of State Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City.

Torres' campaign reported $514.50 in expenditures, records show.

Torres, 49, a former educator, and Means, 20, a college student, are running for the District 6 seat held by Torres since she was appointed to succeed Means' father, Jay Means, in August 2014. Torres ran unopposed in 2015 and currently serves as the panel's vice chairwoman. The board seat represents 13 schools, including nine elementary schools, on the city's predominantly Hispanic southwest side.

Means, who has declined multiple interview requests by The Oklahoman, did not return an email seeking comment Tuesday.

Tim Willert

Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers K-12 education, including Oklahoma City Public Schools and the state Education Department. Before that he covered district, federal and appellate courts in Oklahoma County. Prior... Read more ›

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