Taz Murray

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Taz Murray
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Board member, Provo Board of Education, District 1
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next general2018
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Associate'sUtah State University, Ricks College, 1983
Master'sHarvard University
ProfessionFounder, Dynamic Confections and Alpine Confections
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Taz Murray is the District 1 incumbent on the Provo Board of Education in Utah. He ran unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Murray was also a 2012 Republican candidate for District 48 of the Utah House of Representatives.



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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTaz Murray Incumbent 100% 2,042
Total Votes 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.[1]


Murray did not receive any endorsements during the election.


See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[2][3][4]

Utah House of Representatives District 48 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin J. Stratton Incumbent 54.7% 3,020
Taz Murray 45.3% 2,503
Total Votes 5,523

Campaign themes


Murray's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • 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."
  • Privacy
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
Provo School District is located in Utah County, Utah
Provo 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.[6] In the 2011-2012 school year, Provo School District was the 11th-largest school district in Utah and served 14,071 students.[7]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2013[6]
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[8]
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: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[9][10]

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