Community groups to host meet and greet event with Ogden school board candidates

Sunday , May 27, 2018 - 5:00 AM

OGDEN — Parents and community members who want to meet the candidates running for seats on the Ogden School Board of Education will have the opportunity to do so later this month.

Four northern Utah organizations — Ogden Education, Weber County League of Women Voters, ACTION and IMAGE de Northern Utah — have come together to host a meet and greet event for candidates running in Districts 2, 4 and 7.

The event will take place at 6 p.m., on May 31 at the Weber County Main Library, 2464 Jefferson Ave, Ogden.

Dustin Chapman, Ogden Education spokesman, said the event will allow candidates to meet the community and present their platforms.

“The next school board election is very important as the district faces increasing challenges,” Chapman said. “Generally speaking, I don’t think school board elections get the most attention, but there’s a lot at play here.”

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All eight candidates running for school board seats have been invited to attend the event, Chapman said. Candidates are also encouraged to answer six questions before the event. The questions range from their stance on rebuilding and renovating schools to strategies to retain students and teachers.

Incumbent Doug Barker is running for re-election in District 2, as is incumbent Joyce Wilson in District 7. Three first-time candidates are running for the District 4 seat, which is currently occupied by school board President Jeff Heiner, who is not running for re-election. 

Chapman said some candidates have already confirmed their participation, although he couldn’t provide specific names.

School board elections are non-partisan, but races with more than two candidates go to primaries to narrow the race down to two candidates. Those running in District 2 and District 4 races will face each other at the primaries June 26.

Contact education reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán at smartinezbeltran@standard.net or 801-625-4274. Follow him on Twitter @SergioMarBel and like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/STANDARDEXSergio.

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