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SALT LAKE CITY -- A high-profile Utah Republican is joining the effort to get an ethics initiative on the ballot.
Former Rep. Chris Cannon announced his support for a sweeping legislative reform package which would establish a code of conduct and campaign contribution limits Saturday in Utah County.
This will begin a process of transparent public debate which is the predicate for discouraging scoundrels from remaining in or seeking public office.
"We need ethical accountability in Utah," he said in a statement. "I have signed the petition and urge you to do the same thing.
Cannon says he is concerned about growing corruption in both the state and the nation and believes the proposed initiative will put a stop to it.
"This will begin a process of transparent public debate which is the predicate for discouraging scoundrels from remaining in or seeking public office," said Cannon.
Cannon served as a U.S. congressman for Utah. He joins former Utah Gov. Olene Walker in support of the initiative. Last week, Walker called citizens in Utah County urging them to sign the petition.
On the Democratic side, gubernatorial candidate and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and Rep. Jim Matheson have both voiced support for the initiative.