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School board candidates make pleas for primary votes
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Hiram Alba, Peter Cannon, David Nelson, Julie Tanner, Barbara White, Mona Andrus, Michael Sperry, Tom Waggoner - courtesy photos
Hiram Alba, Peter Cannon, David Nelson, Julie Tanner, Barbara White, Mona Andrus, Michael Sperry, Tom Waggoner - courtesy photos

WOODS CROSS – Several candidates want to address the educational needs for Davis County.

The candidates running for Davis School District School Board will are running for seats in Districts 3 and 6.  These candidates run unaffiliated with any party.

That list will be narrowed to the top two vote getters, who will square off in the general election this in November.

The Clipper, in its efforts to inform voters on those who hope to represent them – has allowed all candidates to make their case prior to the primary election.

Here are the primary candidate’s profiles, in their own words:


Hiram Alba


• Implement programs to increase teacher and staff morale and make this issue a priority for the board

• Increase per pupil spending to existing state averages

• Increase parental involvement through community education programs, support PTA organizations, make the board more open to parental comments and suggestions.

Peter Cannon

Education is the duty of local and state governments according to both the U.S. and Utah constitutions. The Davis School Board should formally request the Utah State Board of Education to withdraw from participation with Common Core Standards, testing and data collection. Utah should establish its own educational standards.

David Nelson

If elected I look forward to improving our wonderful schools, bringing seasoned business leadership that represents our mainstream community values, building Board consensus and working together to solve current issues that face students, parents, teachers and administrators.  Education must be above politics as we “Strengthen Our Children’s Future Together”!

Julie Tanner

As a school board member and parent of a child still in school, I will: Empower parents and teachers to make decisions at the local level (Voice); build relationships and unity (Teamwork); remain an Independent Conservative, not backed or beholden to any group. 

Barbara White

I spent 21 years in Davis County classrooms and 11 as an administrator. I believe it’s important to provide a quality education for all students and to address the district’s diversity. I pledge to listen to parents’ concerns, and I am also a strong advocate for our hard-working teachers.


Mona Andrus

Common Core is an unconstitutional overreach of the federal government.  I oppose data collection and national standardized testing associated with it.  If elected, I will ask the Davis School Board to petition the state to opt out of Common Core. I will strengthen parental rights to decide what is best in their children’s education.

Michael Sperry

As a 15-year resident of Syracuse and the parent of five school-aged children, I would bring the perspective of a parent to the Board.   I would advocate that the vision and decisions of the Board provide the best opportunities for the classroom.  I would bring greater communication between the Board and the community.

Tom Waggoner

Some would say that our education system is broken; it’s not. Yes, improvements are needed and nobody is more dedicated to those changes than our educators. If elected, I will collaborate with our education professionals to find the best changes and improvements for our students – without any unnecessary political clutter.


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