It's not likely the governor's chair in Utah will be filled anytime soon by a Democrat. Not as long as Utah voters continue to close their eyes and hit the straight-party "R" button on their voting ballots.
That's why conservative Republican legislators feel comfortable in proposing that the governor be given more power over public education than the Utah Constitution now allows.
The Constitution provides for a state board of education, with members elected by the people, to specifically oversee schools and hire and fire the state school superintendent. But the dominant conservative elements in the Legislature, ever micro-managing education to the detriment of Utah children, are proposing an amendment to change that. They want to amend the Constitution to require the governor's approval and the Senate's consent on hiring state superintendents and give the governor the power to fire a superintendent, after consulting with the state school board.