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U.S. News & World Report: Businessman Becomes Second Republican in Utah Governor Race

The 42-year-old said he also would conduct a wide-ranging audit of state government on his first day on the job to ensure it’s being run as efficiently as possible.

Managing growth in the state’s cities as well as rural Utah’s frustration with federal management of public lands are also top issues, he said.

Burningham runs a $2 billion real estate investment company as well as a venture capital firm that invests in startup companies. He long has been politically active, raising money for candidates and serving as a GOP precinct chairman, but the governor’s race marks his first political race.

He has been holding a listening tour with voters since January.

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