The superfluous State Board of Education nominating committee is nothing but an extraneous barrier between Utah voters and the people who want to represent them on the state board.
The fact that the committee has decided to take out of the hands of voters the decision of whether to re-elect incumbent board members is clear evidence that this undemocratic process should be shelved. A direct, nonpartisan election should take its place.
The committee this week decided that Janet Cannon, who has been chosen four times by her constituents to serve them on the board, will not be re-elected. If voters were allowed to return Cannon to her seat, they would be making a mistake, according to the committee chairman. And he and his cohorts won't let that happen.