|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Jordan Board of Education, Precinct 2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||June 24, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Utah|
|Master's||University of Utah|
|Other||University of Utah|
|(dead link) Campaign website|
Hunter earned his bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Utah in 2007. He went on to earn his master's degree in civil and environmental engineering and a certificate of business studies from the University of Utah in 2010.
Professionally, Hunter works as a civil engineer.
- See also: Jordan School District elections (2014)
|Jordan School District, Precinct 2 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Matthew G. Young||43.8%||574|
|Nonpartisan||Gary O. Hansen||32%||420|
|Source: Salt Lake County, "Unofficial Election Results," June 24, 2014. These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.|
Hunter reported $665.01 in contributions and $665.01 in expenditures to the Salt Lake County Clerk. This total could reflect activity from past years.
Hunter did not receive an endorsement in this election.
What was at stake?
Issues in the district
Jordan School District split
In 2009, Jordan School District was split into two districts: the current Jordan School District and Canyons School District. The split resulted in the division of one billion dollars in assets, hundreds of millions of dollars in liabilities and the dispersal of over 81,000 students. A 2010 poll, conducted by Dan Jones & Associates Poll for the Deseret News and KSL-TV, indicated that 75 percent of people believe the split was unfair to Jordan students. According to Canyon school board member Tracy Scott Cowdell the poll shows that there are "serious misconceptions about school communities in the Canyons School District." He said that while he wasn't initially on board with the split and voted against it, in hindsight he would have changed his vote. He stated that, "[...] anybody who doesn't believe the division was done in a fair, amicable way, doesn't have all the information." Prior to the split, Jordan School District spent approximately $1,522 on each student. In 2010, the district reporting spending $1,136, while Canyons School District spent $2,087.
About the district
- See also: Jordan School District, Utah
Salt Lake 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 30.8 percent of Salt Lake 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 Salt Lake County was $59,626 compared to $58,164 for the state of Utah. The poverty rate in Salt Lake County was 12.0 percent compared to 12.1 percent for the entire state.
|Racial Demographics, 2013|
|Race||Salt Lake County (%)||Utah (%)|
|Black or African American||1.9||1.3|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||1.3||1.5|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||1.6||1.0|
|Two or More Races||2.5||2.3|
|Hispanic or Latino||17.5||13.3|
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Information submitted through Ballotpedia's biographical information form on June 12, 2014
- Salt Lake County Clerk, "Candidate Campaign Finance Reports," accessed October 28, 2014
- Deseret News, "Poll: Jordan District split resulted in inequity," March 9, 2010
- Daybreak Today, "The Jordan School District Split," March 18, 2009
- United States Census Bureau, "Salt Lake County, Utah," accessed May 14, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 14, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Jordan School District Elections|
|Salt Lake County, Utah|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||Precinct 2: • Gary O. Hansen • Ben Hunter • Matthew G. Young |
Precinct 7: • Wendi Mott • Jen Atwood • Teresa Atherley
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|