Dave Thomas for State School Board

I PRIDE MYSELF ON BEING A COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVE WHO IS ABLE TO BRING PEOPLE WITH DIFFERING VIEWPOINTS TOGETHER TO SOLVE ISSUES.

In doing so, I am guided by a number of principles:

  • Transparency
  • Local Control
  • Best Interests of Students
  • Parental Choice

I have supported nonpartisan races for State School Board.  However, the direct entrance of the National Education Association (NEA), a liberal teachers union aligned to the democratic party, into this race has changed it from a nonpartisan race to a partisan one.  The NEA gave its surrogate, the Utah Education Association (UEA), $300,000 for the purpose of influencing Utah elections, including this state school board election.  This out-of-state money is the principal campaign funding source of my opponent.  This is only logical since she is the current Secretary of the Weber County Democratic Party and the Vice President of the local teacher’s union.  This circumstance is at odds with the principle of local control over education.  The NEA does not have the best interests of Utah school children.  That’s because for the teachers union, its all about the teachers.  While I respect and honor our teachers and their important role they play in educating our children, public education is not about them, it is instead all about the children, our children.  Its about preparing them for the 21st Century.

It appears that the UEA intends to replace the State Board with one of its own choosing by using out-of-state monies to flood the state with campaign ads supporting their hand picked candidates, like my opponent.

I ask you to join with my endorsers in moving my campaign forward and rejecting the influence of the NEA and UEA to remake your State School Board.

ENDORSERS

Senator Jerry Stevenson (R-Layton)

Senator Stuart Adams (R-Layton)

Representative Curt Oda (R-Clearfield)

Representative Paul Ray (R-Clinton)

Representative Steve Handy (R-Layton)

Layton City Councilman Bruce Davis

Mayor Jim Minster (South Ogden)