SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- Jon Harper, the only candidate running against current Attorney General Sean Reyes, has dropped out of the race.
Harper says he is withdrawing on the advice of his doctor. Citing “health reason” for why he’s dropping out.
He issued the following statement:
“My family and a number of friends – old and new – have been incredibly supportive, and I appreciate everything they have done for me,” Harper said, “I also hope the issues I have raised in this campaign will have an impact on the incumbent – that he will recognize his responsibility to serve as the guardian of the public’s interest and not as the attorney for his party leaders and large donors over the interests of the people; that he will shut down the money mill the Attorney General’s office has continued to be; and that he will do as he promised two years ago to restore openness, independence and integrity in that office.”
Harper was set to debate Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Wednesday night at Dixie State University. In place of the debate Reyes will now take time to respond to questions.
Several questions have been raised as to why the Utah Debate Commission is choosing to move forward with Reyes alone. They sent the following answers as a response: