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10/26/2016 UTC
UTC Official Statement on State School Board Candidates

Dear UTC Member:

At the Utah Technology Council, our top priorities are as follows: expanding the talent pipeline for high tech positions, ensuring a tech-friendly environment, and fostering innovation within Utah technology companies. To underscore this effort, UTC has taken an active role in the current State School Board elections.

However, we acknowledge and apologize that a message regarding candidates for the current State School Board elections, not fully vetted by UTC leadership, was recently sent under the auspices of UTC by the Public Policy Forum has led to some misperceptions.

That message expressed support for a slate of school board candidates representing the recommendations of those attending the Public Policy Forum. These views DO NOT represent the official or unofficial position of the Utah Technology Council. UTC has worked for many years to support a school board that values innovation, rigor and STEM, substantial new funding for teachers and students, transparency, and improving student outcomes. The conclusion by some who read the message that UTC has endorsed candidates “solely based on whether they had received funds from the UEA” is not accurate, and we apologize for any such misunderstanding.

To clarify UTC’s position on candidates running for public office, UTC OFFICIALLY acknowledges the following individuals who, based on multiple criteria, represent the views and mission of our organization. These include:

• Alisa Ellis – District 12 (Orem, Lindon, Summit, Wasatch, Duchesne, Daggett and Uintah Counties)
• Dave Thomas – District 4 (Northern Davis County and Southern Weber County)
• Erin Preston – District 11 (SW Salt Lake County, including South Jordan, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale and NW Utah County, including Cedar Fort and Fairfield)
• Kathleen Riebe – District 10 (Eastern Salt Lake County, Cottonwood Heights, Midvale, Sandy and Draper)
• Richard Nelson – District 8 (Holladay, Millcreek, Murray, S. Salt Lake and Sugarhouse) [Mr. Nelson is the CEO of UTC]
• Stan Lockhart – District 13 (Provo, Springville and Spanish Fork)

Again, we apologize for any misperceptions the Forum’s letter may have caused. We are happy, however, to advance the cause of excellence in education and to discuss these priorities, both formally and informally, with any members of UTC, any partnering organizations, and with the press. We thank you for this opportunity to allow us to express this position more clearly and directly at this time.

As members or friends of UTC, please forward this official statement to your friends, family and colleagues who are concerned about our 640,000 students and encourage them to vote with their Mail-in-Ballots by Monday, November 7th.


Executive Committee
Utah Technology Council

   2755 E Cottonwood Parkway, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Office: (801) 568-3500


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