“Naturally I”m pleased,” said Burningham who currently sits on the board. “I feel deeply about it and look forward to being on the ballot.”
However, Burningham said he is still troubled by the process.
“Even the governor has said the process needs changing,” he said. “I believe the question behind all of these things is power. Some want power and others want the power to be with the people.”
There has been some recent debate about whether potential board members are being forced out of the running because of their opinions on issues such as vouchers.
“Some think the selection should be partisan, but I think it is better to let the people decide,” Burningham continued.
“As we debate in the months ahead, we need to work to increase the power with the public as opposed to political power.”
Burningham, who has also been spearheading the Utahns for Ethical Government initiative, said he believes the public should have full sway.
“It is far superior to a system that just transfers power,” he said. “The power should rest in the hands of the people.”
Burningham said he is eager to serve on the school board again and he will start actively campaigning for the November election.
“I believe most of what I’ve stood for the public has voted for,” he said. “I think the public is positive toward me.”