- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The spokesman for Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is leaving to work on the governor’s re-election campaign and will be replaced by a state representative.

Herbert announced Wednesday that Jon Cox of Ephriam is resigning the seat he’s held in the Utah House since 2013.

The Republican was selected for the seat after his fourth cousin, Spencer Cox, was named lieutenant governor.

He’ll replace Marty Carpenter, a former television news reporter who also served as spokesman for Herbert’s gubernatorial campaign in 2012.

The governor says Jon Cox was the only full-time teacher in the Legislature and worked to bring economic development to his district in rural Utah.

Jon Cox says he’s looking forward to touting the state’s economy.

He previously served as county commissioner and a staff member for former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett.

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