To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: HB228--YES YES YES, it's high time!
Date: Sun Mar 02 15:27:01 MST 2014
Dear Committee Member,
I am a mother of 4 school-aged children in the public school system.
I am writing to ask you to PLEASE vote “yes” to bring HB228 to the House Floor.
I strongly believe this change is sorely needed.
1—Challengers to State Board incumbents have an impossible task—the playing field is not even close to level! There have been some fantastic challengers in our district, but the cost and task of getting one’s message out to these enormous districts is unreal without a party platform of support. Meanwhile, an incumbent not only has name recognition already, but (in our experience) a network of school emails and other established channels through which he/she actively campaigns to educators and other district employees. (I don’t know whether that’s legal, but it definitely goes on.) That is a huge number of likely voters and their families—a number that makes the difference on election day no matter how tirelessly the challenger has tried to catch up. A new candidate cannot possibly campaign to a super-sized district effectively with no party help. Thus,the current system serves to silence any challenger to the status quo. This is simply un-American!
2—Don’t kid ourselves that politics isn’t involved anyway. It is. Let’s not allow it to hide behind the scenes any longer.
3—State Board members are put in charge of 50% of our state budget, yet hardly anyone can tell you who their district representative member is! Bringing candidates forward through the party system gives them more exposure to party delegates, who question them closely and help to avoid costly primaries—thanks to our delegate system, good people can plausibly step forward even if they don’t have deep pockets. This is exactly what State Board of Education races are missing! Also, declaring party affiliation—having candidates positions vetted and endorsed by the party they most align with—will help elucidate things for people who otherwise do not closely investigate School Board races, ever.
Please vote yes on HB228 in committee, and please help support it on the floor.
I thank you for it, and my children will thank you one day.
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