Ben Hunter

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Ben Hunter
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Former candidate for
Board member, Jordan Board of Education, Precinct 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 24, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Utah
Master'sUniversity of Utah
OtherUniversity of Utah
ProfessionCivil engineer
(dead link) Campaign website
Ben Hunter was a candidate for the Precinct 2 seat on the Jordan Board of Education in Utah. He lost in the primary election on June 24, 2014 to fellow challengers Gary O. Hansen and Matthew G. Young.


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.[1]

Professionally, Hunter works as a civil engineer.[1]



See also: Jordan School District elections (2014)


Ben Hunter ran against fellow challengers Gary O. Hansen and Matthew G. Young in the primary election on June 24, 2014.


Jordan School District, Precinct 2 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew G. Young 43.8% 574
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary O. Hansen 32% 420
     Nonpartisan Ben Hunter 24.2% 317
Total Votes 1,311
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.[2] 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.[3][4]

About the district

See also: Jordan School District, Utah
Jordan School District is located in Salt Lake County, Utah
Jordan School District is located in Salt Lake County, Utah. The county seat of Salt Lake County is Salt Lake City. Salt Lake County is home to 1,029,655 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] In the 2011-2012 school year, Jordan School District was the fourth-largest school district in Utah and served 50,961 students.[6]


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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race Salt Lake County (%) Utah (%)
White 89.1 91.8
Black or African American 1.9 1.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.5
Asian 3.6 2.2
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.[7]

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