Janet Barresi 2014

State Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi answers reporters questions back in 2014. Tulsa World File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY — Republican Janet Barresi, a former dentist who served one term as state school superintendent, joined a crowded primary field on Wednesday for the 5th District congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn.

Barresi, 67, said she was running for the seat “because our values are under assault by radical Washington liberals.”

At least seven other Republicans have filed federal statements of candidacy or announced their intention to run. Only three of the Republicans have reported raising money, with businesswoman Terry Neese and state Sen. Stephanie Bice leading the money race.

Barresi put more than $1.5 million into her unsuccessful reelection campaign for state school superintendent in 2014 and may have the personal resources to finance her congressional campaign.

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