Candidates stepping up to take Huntsman's place

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SALT LAKE CITY -- With Gov. Jon Huntsman moving on to accept the position of U.S. ambassador to China, many are already considering a run for his seat.

The Deseret News reports Republican Sen. John Valentine of Orem has put together a campaign organization. He says he's waiting to see how Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert does at the helm before he officially throws his hat in for the 2010 special election.

Other prospects include:

  • Kirk Jowers, executive director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics
  • Lane Beattie, president of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Zions Bank
  • Democratic Utah Rep. Jim Matheson

The big question, though, lies in which party will win the seat. Many say this could be the best shot Democrats have at it, and it already appears the Democratic National Party is ready to sink money into Utah candidates.

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