This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
HEBER CITY — Nine cities and towns down, 239 to go.
That’s at least where Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox was at following his first day of campaigning, with a goal to visit all 248 incorporated cities and towns in Utah. The tour marks his first campaign drive around the state since he announced his intention to run for governor in 2020.
On Tuesday, Cox posted photos and videos of himself and his wife, Abby, visiting residents in Heber City. He also planned to visit Midway, Charleston, Independence, Daniel and Wallsburg before stopping in Midway. The journey started in Morgan on Monday, and the plan is for him to visit every city and town in Morgan, Summit, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett counties during the first week of his tour.
“Everybody visits all 29 counties, and we want to do something that’s never been done before,” Cox said, in a video explaining his goal to visit all of Utah’s towns. “Our next governor needs to be able to look the people of Utah in the eye and understand where they’re from and understand their story.”
In addition, the plan includes service projects in all of the state’s cities and towns. For example, the campaign worked at a food pantry in Heber City Tuesday morning.
Gov. Gary Herbert announced in June 2018 he had no plans to run for another term in 2020, and Cox is currently the only politician to declare an intention to run in Utah’s 2020 gubernatorial race.
On Monday afternoon, as Cox was finishing up the first leg of his tour, former Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz confirmed he will not run for governor; however, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and Rep. Rob Bishop — who has already announced he’s retiring from Congress after his current term — are among the other names that have been rumored to possibly run for the position next year.