State Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Jillian Balow is against making her position an appointed one.

She says has one reason for keeping the position elected rather than appointed is the fact that the superintendent sits on a number of state boards dealing with state lands policy. She says since those decisions have a major impact on education funding in Wyoming, it's important that the people making the decisions represent the public as opposed to state officials.

Balow says the second reason she thinks the superintendent should be elected is because everyone in the state has an interest in public schools and their effectiveness. She says if everyone has an interest, they should also have a voice, including a role in deciding who should oversee state schools.

Balow, a Republican, defeated Democrat Mike Ceballos in the November general election.