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Provo Businessman Exploring a Run

Herbert hosted a fundraiser for Cox.

Jan. 24, 2019, 10:02 a.m.

Jeff Burningham (R), “a prominent Provo business leader, will begin exploring a run for Governor of Utah in 2020 and has created a campaign committee for that purpose.”

Burningham, on his website: “I’m not interested in becoming a politician. This isn’t political to me; it’s practical. It’s about practical issues facing our great state because of population and economic growth.”

"He founded and built a $2 billion real estate investment company in Provo, along with his partners. They also established Utah County’s first institutional venture capital firm and have invested in nearly 50 start-ups along the Wasatch front. These start-ups have created nearly 5,000 jobs and pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into Utah’s economy.

"Burningham has started on a listening tour to meet with Utahns throughout the state and is looking forward to providing further details as they become available." (Utah Policy)

FUNDRAISER. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (R) “smiled and shook hands as about 200 people packed a hotel ballroom to meet with him” on Tuesday. Gov. Gary Herbert (R) “hosted a $2,000 a plate luncheon as his second-in-command leans toward a gubernatorial run in 2020. … The luncheon was meant to gauge the level of support Cox would have if he were to seek the Republican nomination for governor. … [W]hen asked if he was pursuing another term,” Herbert said “never say never.”

“But he wouldn't be hosting a fundraiser luncheon for his Lt. Governor if he wasn't pushing Cox toward a run.”

Herbert: “I think he’s considering it and he’s certainly well qualified, so we’ll see.”

Cox: “The answer is, we haven’t made that final decision yet."

Other potential contenders: “Former House Speaker Greg Hughes (R) … is considering a run for governor. So is Salt Lake County Council Chairwoman Aimee Winder Newton (R). Other names being floated include” former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R), “former Utah Jazz CEO Greg Miller (R) and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes (R).” (KSTU)

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