Incumbent Granite School Board member Lynn D. Davidson gathered the lion's share of the votes in a Precinct 1 runoff, with about 57 percent. He will be pitted against Jim Billingsley, chairman of Utah's Libertarian Party, in the November election. Billingsley had 27 percent of the votes.
The elimination of M.R. "Doc" Weiler in the primary forestalled what would almost certainly have been a residency challenge.The Salt Lake County attorney's office had determined that the Holladay address Weiler used in registering for the school board election actually belongs to his parents. His own residence is in downtown Salt Lake City and in the Salt Lake School District.
State law, however, has no provision to remove a name from the primary ballot.
Davidson said he believes he can successfully run on his record during two previous terms on the board. During his tenure, he said, district tax rates have remained virtually static.
He also wants to see the district through to a debt-free status in 1996 or 1997 so new schools can be constructed from current tax income.
Billingsley said he believes Granite could be more fiscally responsible and more forthright with taxpayers. He hopes overcrowding in the district ultimately will be affected by choice options that will take children out of the public schools and put them in private schools.