2016 will be the last year for non-partisan school board elections

State School Board elections will be conducted this year the way they have always been done but a change will be coming in 2018. Utah Republican State Senator Lyle Hillyard says after discussing and debating the issue for some time, it was decided to move to partisan elections.

Cache County Republican Party Chairman Boyd Pugmire says he believes this is a good decision.

“By having those individuals have to identify themselves and declare what party they belong to,” Pugmire explains, “is going to give the general public a better feel for what that individual stands for and how they’ll vote and how they’ll do things a little more than when they did it as unaffiliated.

“You didn’t know what you were getting unless you knew the individual.”

Pugmire says those who do not belong to a political party can just file for election as an Independent. He says Republicans participating in a survey at the Cache County Fair voted heavily in favor of partisan school board elections.

The five candidates running for three seats on the Logan City Board of Education include incumbent Ann Geary (who has no opposition for her bid for re-election in District 3), incumbent Connie Morgan and Tiffany Vail for District 4, and newcomers Douglas Smith and Jenny Johnson for Logan District 2.

In the Cache County School District, incumbents Larry Jeppsen of District 1 and Kathy Christiansen of District 6 are both seeking re-election and neither has an opponent.

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