- Associated Press - Thursday, January 2, 2020

A former chair of the Utah Republican party became the latest candidate to enter the race for governor on Thursday.

Thomas Wright said in a Facebook post that no other candidates have “the right mix of experience along with imagination and energy,” that he believes the state needs.

Wright is the president and principal broker of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, served as party chair from 2011 through 2013 and is a member of the Republican National Committee. He has not, however, held public office before, something he said is a strength.

“This is a time to reach out beyond government to find answers,” he wrote. His announcement highlighted issues like education, air quality, and the prosperity of the state, including rural areas that may be left behind by an otherwise strong economy.

He joins a crowded field vying for the GOP nomination that includes former governor Jon Huntsman Jr., current Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Salt Lake County member Aimee Winder Newton and businessman Jeff Burningham.

Other possible Republican candidates reportedly include former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop.

Democrat Zachery Moses is also in the race.

Current Gov. Gary Herbert has said he does not plan to seek a third term.

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