Robert Gehrke: Businessman Jeff Burningham is the 2nd Republican to enter Utah’s race for governor — here’s how to beat him

Utah County businessman Jeff Burningham became the second Republican to jump into what ultimately could be a crowded scramble to replace Gov. Gary Herbert.

It’s not exactly a surprise. Burningham started raising money back in February and has been lining up staff, traveling the state and laying the groundwork to run as an outsider who will shake up government.

And did I mention he’s raising money? He has racked up nearly $600,000 so far (which includes a $107,000 loan from his own pocket), a lot of it coming from partners and friends in Utah County business circles.

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