All of Cache County’s legislators are Republicans at the present time, but one Democrat is hoping to change that situation. Dave Clark, associate vice president for advancement and alumni relations at Utah State University, is opposing Republican incumbent Curt Webb for the office of State Representative in legislative District 5.
Clark says he has a passion for education and that will be one of his priorities if he is elected. At the present time, elections to the State Board of Education are non-partisan but during their last session members of the Utah legislature voted to make them partisan beginning in 2018 unless members of the public indicate they do not want to change.
Clark says he likes those elections the way they are now.
“You have the ability for people to declare candidacy,” Clark says. “I know that it limits choice by some extent, but by the governor’s office endorsing, if you will, candidates it gives the Office of Education a chance to look at people and their qualifications and their abilities, and to put people on the ballot who can be certified as people who are qualified and willing to serve.
“Then the electorate can choose on the basis of a non-partisan race.”
Clark says he is hopeful that people who want the elections to remain non-partisan will get that message to their legislators.