Widdison, Palen win Weber School Board primary, advance to general election

Tuesday , June 26, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Paul Widdison and Stacy Palen

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Paul Widdison and Stacy Palen

OGDEN — Paul Widdison and Stacy Palen emerged victorious in the Weber School Board District 4 primary election Tuesday. 

According to unofficial results as of 10 p.m Tuesday, Widdison had 47 percent of the vote, while Palen got 27 percent. The other two candidates, Brice Lythgoe and Edward Peters, got 19 percent and 7 percent, respectively. 

Widdison is now focusing on the November election, where he will face Palen for the District 4 seat. He was selected last year by the school board to replace the late Richard Favero. 

He said he is appreciative of the people who voted for him and said he want them to know he “won’t disappoint them as we move into things.” 

“There are so many opportunities for children to be educated that are not in what we visualize as going to school,” Widdison said. “We need to make sure that everybody is aware of those opportunities and have the opportunity to take part of them and receive an education that is more tailored for them as individuals.”

Palen is a physics professor at Weber State University. She said she is excited to face Widdison in November. 

“I think it’s going to be interesting that we are both very science-oriented people,” Palen said. “We are going to have a lot of interesting discussions about how can the public education system meet those needs (of students in the public schools).”

Palen is also the director of the Ott Planetarium in Ogden.

Contact education reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán at or 801-625-4274. Follow him on Twitter @SergioMarBel and like him on Facebook at