How to run for state school board in Utah

State Board of Education positions are nonpartisan and are elected on even years. The State School Board consists of 15 members elected to 4 year terms. Members representing Districts 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15 are elected in presidential election years, while members representing Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, and 14 are elected in midterm election years. The State Board is responsible for policies that promote educational quality throughout the state and defining and developing the system’s long-range goals.

Positions

Board Members

A School Board Member must, together with their district school board members, select their district’s superintendent, create and revise education goals, and annually adopt their school district’s budget. State Board Members also jointly select the State school superintendent.

Chair

The chair is chosen within the Board Members. They can call special meetings or cancel meetings, designate board members to committees, and conduct meetings, among other tasks.

Vice Chair

There can be between 2 and 3 Vice Chairs, also chosen among the existing Board Members.

Eligibility

    1. Members of the board must have lived in the education district they are elected to represent for at least one year before the day they are elected,
    2. Members of the board must be registered voters in the education district they are elected to represent
    3. Members of the board must remain registered voters in the education district they are elected to represent for the entirety of their time in office
    4. Members of the board must maintain their primary residence in the election district they are elected to represent
    5. Members of the board may not also be employees of the board
    6. Never convicted of a felony unless the individual’s right to hold office is restored in accordance with Utah Code 20A-2-101.5.
    7. Never convicted of a grievous sexual offense against a child, as defined in Utah Code 76-1-601(6).

Filing Deadlines

  • Mid-March: Declaration of Candidacy period
  • June: Primary Election 
  • 65 Days Before the General Election: Last day to declare as a write-in candidate.
  • The Tuesday following the first Monday in November: General Election

These dates are estimates. For specific dates and deadlines, which may vary each year, please check the Lieutenant Governor’s website: elections.utah.gov.

Election Procedures

  1. Candidates must file for candidacy with their County Clerk in their county of residence.
  2. Pay a filing fee or provide proof of inability to pay the filing fee due to financial hardship. 

Appointment

  1. Vacancies for local boards of education are filled by the remaining members of the board.  The opening is advertised, they interview applicants in a public meeting, and then make the decision.  Refer to Utah Code 20A-1-511.

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