Amy Garner

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Amy Garner
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Former candidate for
Board member, Alpine Board of Education, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 24, 2014
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Amy Garner was a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Alpine Board of Education in Utah. She withdrew from the primary election on June 24, 2014.



See also: Alpine School District elections (2014)


Amy Garner was scheduled to run against incumbent JoDee C. Sundberg and five fellow challengers in the primary election on June 24, 2014, however she withdrew from the race.


Garner did not file a campaign finance report with the Utah County Clerk.[1]


Garner did not receive an endorsement in this election.

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

Anti-Common Core lawsuit

In February 2014, a family filed a lawsuit against Alpine School District regarding Common Core's effect on their 11-year old son. The parents alleged that after their son's school moved him to a different classroom, he started to suffer both psychologically and academically. According to the lawsuit, the parents requested an individual education plan (IEP) which they were denied on the grounds that their son didn't qualify for the parameters of the plan. Furthermore, the lawsuit stated:

  • Allegations of retaliation for utilizing professional help linked to “Anti-Common Core” advocacy.
  • Allegations of unethical and invalid use of psychological testing to conform to predetermined outcome.
  • Allegations of ignoring parent’s desperate pleas for assistance for son.
  • Allegation of callous attitude towards parents as exhibited in 50 pages of “obtained” Alpine District inter-office/district emails.

The lawsuit was one of the first filed relating to Common Core.[2][3]

About the district

See also: Alpine School District, Utah
Alpine School District is located in Utah County, Utah
Alpine School District is located in Utah County, Utah. The county seat of Utah County is Provo. Utah County is home to 516,564 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] In the 2011-2012 school year, Alpine School District was the largest school district in Utah and served 69,639 students.[5]


Utah County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Utah in terms of higher education achievement and median household income in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 35.7 percent of Utah County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 29.9 percent for Utah as a whole. The median household income in Utah County was $59,864 compared to $58,164 for the state of Utah. The poverty rate in Utah County was 13.6 percent compared to 12.1 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Utah County (%) Utah (%)
White 93.8 91.8
Black or African American 0.7 1.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 1.6 2.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.8 1.0
Two or More Races 2.3 2.3
Hispanic or Latino 11.0 13.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Utah County[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 9.7 87.8 2.5
2008 18.5 76.5 5.0
2004 11.6 86.0 2.4
2000 13.7 81.7 4.6

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[7]

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