Media Advisory: Debate for Mayor for Salt Lake City Primary Election Announced

Media Advisory: Debate for Mayor for Salt Lake City Primary Election Announced

MEDIA ADVISORY
REQUEST FOR COVERAGE: June 26, 2019
CONTACT: Katie Matheson | ABU Education Fund
katie@betterutah.org | 845.775.7901

Debate hosted by the ABU Education Fund and University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society

Salt Lake City, UT – Today, the ABU Education Fund and the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society announced the upcoming primary debate for Salt Lake City Mayor. The debate will be held on Wednesday, June 26th, and will be open to the general public. The Facebook event can be found here.

With a large candidate pool, not all will be able to participate in the debate. Criteria for qualification to participate will be announced in the coming weeks.

The ABU Education Fund and the John R. Park Debate Society have teamed up for the past four years to offer debates in races for the Utah Legislature, State School Board, and the 3rd Congressional District special election in 2017.

While the ABU Education Fund is the logistics organizer for the debates, all matters relating to format, substance, and moderation of the debate are controlled exclusively by the John R. Park Debate Society.

What:Salt Lake City Mayor Primary Debate
Who: The ABU Education Fund and John R. Park Debate Society
When:June 26, 2019 | 6:30 PM
Where:The City Library Main Branch210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City

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Press Release: ABU Education Fund Commends Decision to Study State Education Governance

Press Release: ABU Education Fund Commends Decision to Study State Education Governance

Salt Lake City, UT – Today, H.J.R. 13 “Proposal to Amend Utah Constitution — State Board of Education,” was heard in the House Education Committee and ultimately was held in the committee for further long-term study. H.J.R. 13 would have turned these into positions that are appointed by the Governor. Currently, members of the State Board of Education are elected by the voters of Utah.

“Direct elections are the best way to hold public officials accountable,” said Chase Thomas, executive director for ABU Education Fund. “Rather than increasing accountability, this proposal would have done the opposite. Those running for governor do so on a platform built from many issues, not just education governance.”

“We are pleased with the decision to hold this legislation with the intent to have a task force study the issue further. By that point, we hope the Utah Supreme Court will have issued a ruling in our ongoing partisan school board case. We also hope this will lead to a more thorough examination into the pros and cons of governance structures that is simply not possible during a 45-day legislative session.”

In 2017, ABU Education Fund filed a lawsuit against the State of Utah to challenge the 2016 law, SB 78, establishing partisan elections for the State Board of Education. They joined with the Utah PTA, Utahns for Public Schools, and several individuals to challenge this law. Last year, the case was heard before the Utah Supreme Court after the state appealed the decision by a lower court in favor of the plaintiffs. A decision from the Supreme Court is still pending.