To: Brad Last, Lowry Snow, LaVar Christensen, Kim Coleman, Steve Eliason, Justin Fawson, Francis Gibson, Greg Hughes, Eric Hutchings, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, mnoel, Marie Poulson,
Subject: PLEASE vote YES for partisan School Board Elections (SB104)! It's about time!
Date: Thu Feb 26 05:14:26 MST 2015
Dear committee members,
Nothing could be further from American ideals than the current system of selecting State School Board candidates. The state (it’s executive) tells the people who they may vote for. THIS IS WRONG.
What’s more: it is FAR more “political” than subjecting the office to the caucus system. Partisan elections at least make the politics of every candidate overt, and let the people decide what they want, rather than candidates being the next closest thing to political appointees of the Governor (as is now the case)!
Please vote YES on SB 104 to bring the same scrutiny and accountability to the important office of School Board member as you yourselves must face—indeed every other elected official in this state must face. That power in the hands of informed voters (delegates who care enough to show up to their caucus nights) is CRUCIAL to keeping our state great. It’s the reason our state is run so well—every elected official is vetted closely by the delegates (i.e. regular informed citizens chosen by their neighbors) they represent, and held accountable.
The same accountability MUST apply to the State School Board members—they spend all our income tax dollars after all! And currently hardly anyone knows who their board member is—that will change if SB104 is passed. The candidates will have to actually persuade voters to their ideas—not just get the nod from the Gov.
This bill is long overdue!
Mother of 4 elementary school children
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