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Utah Governor Spencer Cox

Steve Griffin
Deseret News

This week, Spencer Cox became Utah’s 18th governor. He takes office during a deep political divide, a global pandemic and an economic crisis. So, what are his plans to see Utah safely through this difficult time? 

From most accounts, it was a surprising upset when Cox, then-Lieutenant Governor to Gary Herbert, beat out former Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. in the June 2020 Republican primaries. But Cox has been a steadily rising political star for years: First as a city councilor in his Fairview hometown, then mayor, then a Sanpete County commissioner, then as a member of the Utah House of Representative, then Lieutenant Governor and now finally, Utah’s top political position. This Friday at 11 a.m., we’ll talk with the newly inaugurated governor about the state of local politics and his plans for Utah in the coming four years.