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|Board member, Provo Board of Education, District 1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Associate's||Utah State University, Ricks College, 1983|
|Profession||Founder, Dynamic Confections and Alpine Confections|
- See also: Provo School District elections (2014)
The November 4, 2014, general election in the Provo School District featured four seats up for election. In the District 1 and 2 races, incumbents Taz Murray and Michelle Kaufusi won re-election unopposed, respectively. In the District 3 race, incumbent McKay R. Jensen defeated challenger Jared W. Oldroyd. Incumbent Poulson defeated Bonnett to win another term in District 4.
|Provo School District, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Taz Murray Incumbent||100%||2,042|
|Source: Utah County, Utah, "Official General Election Results November 4, 2014," accessed December 22, 2014|
Murray did not file a campaign finance report with the Utah County Clerk in this election.
Murray did not receive any endorsements during the election.
Murray ran in the 2012 election for Utah House of Representatives District 48. He and incumbent Keven Stratton defeated Dani Hartvigsen, Taylor Oldroyd, and Steve White in the Republican convention. Stratton subsequently defeated Murray in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.
|Utah House of Representatives District 48 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Kevin J. Stratton Incumbent||54.7%||3,020|
Murray's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Replace Government Inefficiency With Private Sector Common Sense
- Excerpt: "Government has basic responsibilities that it must fulfill. But there are very, very few things government can do more efficiently or more effectively than the private sector. When the government mandates what kind of health care we should have, who should have it, the cost goes up and the quality goes down."
- Excerpt: "To do even its most basic jobs, State government collects a great deal of information from each and every one of us. State agencies know where we live, how much money we make, our Social Security numbers, our legal histories, and yes, in many cases, our most private health information. "
- Limiting Government to Its Proper Role
- Excerpt: "Especially here in Utah, we believe in helping provide for those who cannot provide for themselves. We are a giving, compassionate state. But we also believe those who CAN provide for themselves should do so. Too often, government fails to understand the difference, and ends up ‘helping’ citizens into a cycle of dependency that is not only damaging to those who receive government assistance, but to all of us who bear the cost."
- A Healthcare Market That Works for All
- Excerpt: "Thanks to government regulations and mandates, there is no health care marketplace any longer. Innovation, supply and demand, competition – none of those apply when it comes to paying for, receiving, or even shopping for medical services. Would we buy a car or a refrigerator or even a haircut without first knowing the price?"
- Personal Responsibility
- Excerpt: "As my Dad always says, “There ain’t no free lunch”. Growing up, my family hosted Vietnamese refugees in our home. We had a rule: Those who stayed in our home couldn’t accept government hand-outs once they were able to work and provide for themselves."
About the district
- See also: Provo School District, Utah
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Provo School District
- Office website
- Campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Facebook page
- Utah County, "Financial Disclosures," accessed June 24, 2014
- Utah 2012 candidate filings
- C-SPAN, "AP Elections Results Utah - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 27, 2012
- Utah.Gov, "2012 Primary Election Results," accessed July 24, 2012 (dead link)
- Elect Taz Murray, "Themes," accessed October 15, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Utah County, Utah," accessed May 14, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 14, 2014
- Utah County, "Election Results," accessed January 6, 2015
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Provo School District Elections|
|Utah County, Utah|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 1: • Incumbent, Taz Murray |
District 4: • Incumbent, Shannon Poulson • K. Denise Bonnett • Steve McDaniel
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|