The election is over, but our disappointment in the actions of the Davis County Republican Party remain. The leadership of the Republican Party inappropriately interjected itself into nonpartisan races, the three races for the Davis District Board of Education.
The Utah Constitution clearly states in Article X, Section 8, “No religious or partisan test or qualification shall be required as a condition of employment, admission, or attendance in the state’s education systems.” Board of education members become employees of the school district. Yet in spite of this clear direction in the Utah Constitution, Republican officers sent a survey to board of education candidates which included questions to ascertain their support or rejection of specific sections of the Davis County Republican platform. The survey was a partisan test. Responses were posted online.
Candidates who could see through this unconstitutional ruse and did not answer the questions should be commended. We hope future Republican officers will not only have more respect for the Utah Constitution, but similar respect for the thousands of Davis County Republicans, who expect the party leadership to put aside their personal agendas and follow the law!