Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox met via conference call with representatives of multiple rural newspapers, including the Wasatch Wave, on Monday afternoon where he announced his intentions to run for Utah’s next Governor.
Following the Monday call, in a video released Tuesday morning, Lt. Gov. Cox confirmed his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2020 election.
A press release embargoed until Tuesday morning said, “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 said. “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.”
During the conference call, Lt. Gov. Cox answered questions about the future of health care in Utah and was asked about his plans to help Utah children achieve better rankings nationally when it comes to educational opportunities. Cox also discussed opportunities of enticing larger businesses into locating in rural areas.
A press release provided to the Wave said Lt. Gov. Cox was first elected to the Fairview City Council in 2004 and has since served as mayor, county commissioner and state representative prior to being appointed lieutenant governor in 2013. Before becoming lieutenant governor, he worked as Vice President and General Counsel at CentraCom, a telecommunications business managed by the Cox family since 1919 with operations today in nine Utah counties. In 2016, he and Governor Herbert were re-elected.
“We love Utah and serving the people of Utah, but the toxicity of campaigning made this a difficult decision for our family,” said Abby Cox, wife to Spencer. “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.”
“Our campaign will be different because we refuse to let this journey change who we are,” Spencer Cox said. “Rather than showing contempt for others to get ahead, we will discuss solutions to position Utah for transformative achievements in education, transportation, water, air quality, housing and more. We are confident we will be successful, but our campaign will be a force for good regardless of the outcome. I invite every candidate to also hold themselves to this same standard.”