The State School Board Should Be Chosen in Direct, Nonpartisan Elections

Last week was a monumental for the issue of the State School Board selection process. First, Judge Clark Waddoups of the Federal District Court ruled on September 6 that the existing system was unconstitutional!   On Thursday, September 11, he said the remedy was to include two of the lawsuit plaintiffs on the ballot. As a follow up, I have three questions: What is my response to the Waddoups ruling? What impact will the remedy have on this year’s election? How will the process change in the future?

State School Board Election Process Unconstitutional…Now What?

On Friday, Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that the process by which State School Board Candidates are placed on the ballot was unconstitutional.  This ruling came after candidate Breck England’s complaint that he had been removed from the ballot by the Governor’s Nominating and Recruiting Committee unconstitutionally.  Pat Rusk, a candidate from a different district who was also removed from the ballot, joined the suit. With Waddoups apparently agreeing with them, the big question now is what happens next.  The parties will meet with the judge on Thursday to discuss a remedy, but…

BUZZ: Judge Waddoups Rules State School Board Election Process Unconstitutional

On Friday, Judge Clark Waddoups ruled the process by which State School Board Candidates appear on the ballot is unconstitutional, though did not give a remedy. State School Board candidates are interviewed by the Governor’s Nominating and Recruiting Committee, which selects at least three names to forward to the Governor.  The Governor then selects the two names that appear on the November ballot.  Breck England, a candidate for District 5, was eliminated following the interviews by the committee.  He quickly filed a complaint.  Pat Rusk, a candidate from District 6,…

BUZZ: Governor Announces State School Board Candidates

Today Governor Herbert announced the candidates for the State School Board.  Candidates for the Board are vetted through a nominating and recruiting committee, then selected by the Governor.  The following candidates will be appearing on the ballot in November: District 1 David L Clark Terryl Warner (incumbent) District 2 Spencer F Stokes Willard Z Maughan District 3 Michael G. Jensen (incumbent) Linda Hansen District 5 Mark Bouchard Laura Collier Belnap District 6 Dan Griffiths (incumbent) Brittany Cummins District 9 Joylin Lincoln Heather Groom (incumbent) District 14 Mike Miles Mark Huntsman

Votes for Elimination: State School Board Candidates Totals and Observations

The Governor’s Nominating and Recruiting Committee met this week and interviewed the remaining candidates for State School Board. Following the interviews the committee members ranked their choices, with 1 being the highest.  The candidates with the lowest totals were moved forward.  On the spreadsheet below, those struck through were not sent on to the Governor. In years past there has been significant speculation of block voting, with those directly representing education voting together, and business interests voting together.  I was curious to see if this year that same block voting…

Who Made The Cut: State School Board Candidates Eliminated By Committee

It is a little like trying out for the high school basketball team — those days of crowding around the coach’s office hoping and praying that you made the latest cut just posted on the door. It must be how State School Board candidates have been feeling after the Nominating and Recruiting Committee met last week to determine who would be eliminated before the interviews. Of note, all incumbents that filed for office will move forward at this point.  Many vocal opponents of the Common Core were eliminated, but the…