OGDEN -- Layne Clarke and Richard "Rick" Favero will face each other for the open Seat 4 for Weber School District Board.
Favero has five married children who all attended schools in Weber School District and 13 grandchildren who now attend Weber schools.
Clark has four children currently attending district schools, so both candidates feel they have a vested interest in the district for that reason.
Favero, 64, sells insurance and has lived in the Weber School District his entire life. He decided years ago the school board would be a good place to serve and give back to the community. He had to wait for the right time, which he believes is now.
"I have had interest in the district forever, my whole life," he said. He feels he can work with all the stakeholders in the district, including teachers, administrators, parents and students.
"I am consistent, I work hard and I am fair," he added.
Clarke is 43 and owns his own painting business and is a paint distributor. He has worked with government contracts and believes he would bring the knowledge and expertise of acquiring grants and working with government to the school board table.
One of the biggest issues for Clarke is to improve reading across the district. He would like better testing for reading and said there are a lot of federal grants available to help with that.
Favero said he doesn't have one particular pet project, but wants to work to make things better in the district as a whole.
"There is no quick fix to education. It is a consistent effort to be frugal and wise," Favero said.
Clarke feels his passion and his willingness to challenge the status quo set him apart from his opponent. While he hasn't worked in education, several members of his extended family have. He has helped with reading programs at many of the schools and said he has seen how the principles of education can affect others.
"I want to get involved," Clarke said.
Favero feels his experience with his own children and grandchildren give him a leg up. "I can work with other members of the board," he added.
He also wants to serve his grandchildren who are, and who will, attend Weber schools.
"I want to make it the best I can and serve on their behalf," Favero said.