Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC 4 Utah) – A local businessman is hoping to be the first democratic governor in our state in more than 30 years.
Mike Weinholtz is a political new comer, but he’s a successful businessman and has taken an active role in serving our community with various organizations.
CHG Healthcare Services is the company Weinholtz co-founded in 1998.
On Friday it was the setting as he launched a new journey in life.
“Today I am announcing my intention to run for governor of the great state of Utah,” said Weinholtz.
Current CHG CEO, Scott Beck, Salt Lake County District Attorney, Sim Gill and State Senator, Jim Dabakis stood at his side.
“Michael has Mitt Romney’s business brain and Mother Teresa’s compassion brain,” said Dabakis, (D) Salt Lake City.
His business brain helped CHG become the largest provider of temporary physician staffing services in the country.
It employs 2000 people and does $1 billion in annual revenue.
Weinholtz says he will take the same approach he did in business as he tackles his top three issues; Education, clean air and health care.
“I am not a politician. I’ve got a 25 year history of putting people first in business and it works, it engages people. And I think it will work in the political realm as well,” said Weinholtz.
To get that chance he will have to do what no democrat has been able to in more than 30 years.
Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Jason Perry says he has an impressive business resume.
“Really a great American success story, from where he started to the great company he has built in the state of Utah,” said Perry.
But he has a tough challenge in current Governor, Gary Herbert.
“That’s the primary thing right there, is whether or not he can get enough voters to his side against a governor who is very popular here in the state of Utah,” said Perry.
Vaughn Cook, a former party chair in Utah County is also running on the democratic side.
The last democrat to win the governor’s race in Utah was Scott Matheson.
He left office in January, 1985.