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SALT LAKE CITY — Billing himself as a “job-creating entrepreneur and innovative outsider,” Republican businessman Jeff Burningham said Tuesday he’s running for governor because it’s time to “bring new ways of thinking to government.”

Burningham, a founder and chairman of Peak Capital Partners, stood on the steps of the state Capitol to announce his first run for political office, joining what is expected to be a crowded race in 2020 to succeed Gov. Gary Herbert, who is not seeking reelection after more than a decade in office.

“Politicians say we need a governor who understands how government works. I say we need a governor who understands how the world works and how to get our government to work more for us and intrude less upon us,” he said to cheers from a small group of supporters wearing blue campaign T-shirts.

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