Introducing your state school board election homework

By Stan Rasmussen


by Stan Rasmussen
by Stan Rasmussen

In less than two weeks, on Tuesday, June 28, the Utah 2016 primary election* cycle will conclude. Among the many important races, the list of candidates in seven of the Utah State Board of Education districts will be narrowed down to two candidates, who will appear on the November general election ballot.

Despite the handful of lawn signs and larger posters popping up along well-traveled roads, most voters have very little awareness about who is running to fill these critically important seats on the State Board. Even fewer citizens are aware of the candidates’ views about public education, what motivates their candidacy, or what their priorities would be as a board member.

To overcome this lack of awareness, and to provide a robust source of information about nearly everything voters need to know about the

  • role of the State Board of Education,
  • responsibilities of board members,
  • issues the board addresses, and
  • candidates running in the primary,

Sutherland Institute is pleased to include Homework on State School Board candidates on our website. A one-stop-shop hub of what voters need to know to make informed choices, it will stay on our homepage for the next two weeks.

Because the content will be frequently updated as more information and links become available, readers are encouraged to revisit this section regularly between now and primary election day on June 28.

* For details about registration deadlines, mail/absentee ballots, etc., click this link (will download a PDF): 2016 Primary Election FAQs.


Stan Rasmussen is director of public affairs for Sutherland Institute.

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