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Voter cites Common Core in primary election pick

Jun 28, 2016 by

The Latest on the Utah primary election

Republican voter Ernie Cassler says he’s casting his primary ballot for libertarian-leaning Jonathon Johnson, the Overstock.com board chairman who is challenging Gov. Gary Herbert.

The 55-year-old West Jordan banker says he supports Johnson because the candidate wants to drop Common Core education standards.

Cassler said the teaching methods tied to benchmarks championed by the Obama administration don’t make sense.

The state party delegate also said he appreciates Johnson’s push for a new state law that allows candidates to bypass delegates at the state party convention and gather signatures to get on the primary ballot instead.

Cassler said signature-gathering favors big-name candidates while the convention gives lesser-known contestants the chance to have their voices heard.

Herbert lost the convention vote to Johnson, and got on the ballot with signatures instead.

Source: The Latest: Voter cites Common Core in primary election pick | McClatchy DC

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