With the Governor race set for November, meet the candidates


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – With Lt. Governor Spencer Cox officially winning the Republican nomination for Utah Governor Monday afternoon, Utahns can now prepare for the General Election in November. Spencer Cox will go head-to-head with Democratic party nominee Chris Peterson.

So, let’s take a look at Utah’s top candidates from the two major parties in Utah for governor. Who are Utahns voting for come November?

Republican Party: Spencer Cox

Cox is Utah’s current Lieutenant Governor. He grew up in rural Fairview, Utah. He attended Snow College and served a mission for his church in Mexico. Once upon his return from his church mission, he married Abby Palmer. They then moved to Logan to complete their education at Utah State University.

Cox then completed a law degree at Washington and Lee University of Law after turning down an acceptance letter to Harvard’s law school.

Cox then began his law career but then decided to move his family back to his home county of Sanpete. Cox then managed CentraCom, his family’s telecommunications company.

In addition to serving as Lt. Gov., Cox has served as a city councilman, mayor, county commissioner and state representative.

Cox’s running-mate is Deidre Henderson.

Democratic Party: Chris Peterson

Peterson is a fifth-generation Utahn who was born and raised in West Valley City. Peterson is currently a professor of business law at the University of Utah.

He and his wife, have three children. His wife, Tera, is also a practicing attorney. She is an Assistant Solicitor General in the Utah Attorney General Office’s Criminal Appeals Division.

Peterson has been a special advisor in the U.S. Department of Defense and served in the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He has also published several books including a university textbook on consumer law. Peterson also worked as an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs with managerial responsibility for the educational mission of the University’s College of Law.

Peterson’s running mate is Karina Brown.

Utahns can vote between Peterson and Cox during the General Election on November 3.

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Glen Mills

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For this Beetdigger and Ute it’s an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 News team in June 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 News at 5 and 6, Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Inside Utah Politics, Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time. Read More...