SALT LAKE CITY — Spencer Cox is running for governor.
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox announced Tuesday morning he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2020.
“After much prayer and deliberation, Abby and I are excited to announce we are running for governor of the great state of Utah in 2020,” Spencer Cox wrote. “Serving as lieutenant governor during one of the most successful periods in state history has provided me with the knowledge and experience necessary to sustain our prosperity and take full advantage of important opportunities ahead.”
The release included a video, which is embedded above.
Cox was first elected to the Fairview City Council in 2004 and has served as mayor, county commissioner and as a state representative since then, according to the press release.
He was appointed Lt. Gov. in 2013 and was re-elected alongside Gov. Gary Herbert in 2016.
“I am very grateful to Gov. Herbert for his encouragement as well as the thousands of Utahns who have showed us their support in recent months,” Spencer Cox said. “Tomorrow’s opportunities must be embraced with dynamic and inclusive leadership which is rooted in conservative principles and aims to build better communities throughout our state.”
Abby Cox, wife to Spencer, spoke about the often contentious nature of political races.
“We love Utah and serving the people of Utah, but the toxicity of campaigning made this a difficult decision for our family,” she stated. “Too many good people won’t run for office because campaigns have become too destructive, and we want to show it doesn’t have to be this way.”
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