ST. GEORGE — After months of preparation, Jeff Burningham became the second Republican candidate to announce he will be running for Utah governor on the steps of the state capitol building Tuesday.
Burningham, who markets himself as an “innovative outsider,” said running for governor was a difficult decision that he and his wife made together. The newest gubernatorial candidate said he made the decision to run because because he wants to help get things done at this critical point in the state’s history.
“I think now is the right time to get into the race,” he said. “Our internal team was ready, the message was ready, and I feel more politically ready than I ever have.”
Before the announcement, Burningham traveled around the state, hosting about 200 meetings across all 29 counties. The listening tour, he said, helped him learn about and better understand issues from different perspectives, especially in rural and southern parts of the state.