Grant Hansen joins incumbent Kim Pickett to serve on South Sanpete School Board

Grant Hansen joins incumbent Kim Pickett to serve on South Sanpete School Board


Matt Harris

Staff writer



SOUTH SANPETE—South Sanpete is welcoming two new faces to its school board.

Grant Hansen and Kim Pickett both sealed their respective victories in yesterday’s elections to be elected to the second and third seats of the South Sanpete School District School Board.

Hansen, a long-time worker in the Sanpete education system, garnered 63 percent of the votes to take the victory over opponent Kathy H. Frandsen, who came away with 37 percent. The Sanpete Election Summary Report shows that 1,193 votes were cast in this particular election.

Hansen stressed during the campaign season the importance of local control of schools, parental involvement, and getting input from members of the school district. He also advertised his readiness for office based on his experience. “I want my grandkids to enjoy school and be successful,” Hansen says. “I want the same thing for your children and grandchildren.”

The second seat of the South Sanpete School Board covers Sterling, Mayfield, Fayette, Centerfield and Axtell. Hansen was not available for public comment at the time of the results being shown.

Pickett’s race was much closer, but still convincing, as the Gunnison native took home the win with 54 percent of the votes, triumphing over opponent Larry K. Jensen, who took 46 percent. The vote count was reported at 630 votes.

“I appreciate the support of the people, and hope that I can continue to work for their best interests,” Pickett says.

Pickett is committed to tackling government overreach, which he says is “one of the biggest issues our schools are facing today.”

Prior to the election, Pickett told the Messenger, “Working with the public daily has helped me understand their needs. My motto has always been ‘What is best for our Children? ””

Seat 3 in the School Board covers Gunnison.