Six of seven current members of the State Board of Education whose districts are up for re-election this fall will be on the ballot.
Gov. Mike Leavitt announced 14 candidates for seven seats on the state board. He received recommendations from nominating committees in each of the districts that will have elections in November.Donald G. Christensen, current board representative for District 10, chose not to submit his name for consideration by the nominating committee.
"I have been on the board for 12 years. That's more than George Washington but less than Franklin D. Roosevelt. I think now is a good time to leave," said Christensen. He said he felt good about many of the initiatives the board has undertaken during his terms in office, including educational reform, the Shift in Focus strategic plan and inclusion of handicapped children in regular classrooms.
Christensen said he expects to find other ways to perform community service when his final term on the board ends next winter. He is assistant principal at Hillside and Valley Crest elementary schools in Granite District.
Named candidates for the seven districts (with the incumbent first in each case) were:
- District 1: Neola S. Brown, Beaver; and Ruth J. Jackson, Richfield.
- District 3: Harold S. Jensen, Gunnison; and Marilyn Shields, Stansbury Park.
- District 5: Thomas F. Davidson, Ogden; and Neal J. Clinger, Ogden.
- District 7: Katharine B. Garff, Bountiful; and William J. Bonn, Farmington.
- District 9: Kay McDonough, Magna; and Clifford W. Higbee, Salt Lake City.
- District 10: Stan E. Weed, Salt Lake City; and Waynette Steele, West Jordan.
- District 13: Allen E. Litster, Midvale; and Janet A. Cannon, Salt Lake City.
The state board makes policy and creates a budget for the state system of public education.