2012 Meet the Candidates

Wednesday, we're wrapping up our Meet the Candidates series at the Hinckley Institute of Politics as Doug sits down with Republican Governor Gary Herbert. Herbert became Utah’s Governor when Jon Huntsman resigned in 2009 and he easily won in a special election the following year. Now, he points to the state's economic growth and job creation to make the case for his reelection. We'll talk to Gary Herbert about the challenges that Utah still faces and his plans for overcoming them.

It's been nearly 30 years since Utah elected a Democrat as Governor, but retired Major General Peter Cooke told The Salt Lake Tribune that democracy doesn't work without a two-party system. He says it's the chance for an open discussion about the issues. General Cooke is challenging Republican incumbent Governor Gary Herbert. Wednesday, Peter Cooke joins us at the Hinckley Institute of Politics to talk about the issues he says call for new leadership.

Monday, Doug sits down with Senator Orrin Hatch at the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Senator Hatch is the longest-serving Republican member in the upper chamber, having represented Utah since 1977. Though colleagues like Utah's own Bob Bennett and Indiana's Richard Lugar lost the nomination to tea-party challengers, Hatch handily won his GOP primary race. We'll ask Senator Hatch what his vision is for a seventh – and what he has said will be his final – term in office.

Wednesday, we're back at the Hinckley Institute of Politics for a conversation with Democratic Representative Jim Matheson. He's running for his seventh term in Washington, though this time it's in Utah's new 4th Congressional District. In a decidedly red state, it's little surprise that a Democrat would stand some tough competition, but many observers were shocked when the latest poll showed a 21-point swing in favor of challenger Mia Love. Doug talks to Matheson about the issues and why he thinks he's best positioned to represent the district's Republican majority.

Tuesday, we begin a series of candidate profiles at the Hinckley Institute of Politics. First up is former Democratic state legislator Scott Howell, who is challenging Orrin Hatch for his US Senate seat. This is Howell's second attempt at defeating the six-term Republican and polling predicts a repeat of that 2000 race, when Hatch won 66-31. But Howell told the Deseret News he's no sacrificial lamb. He says he's always wanted a rematch and that it's time for fresh representation in Washington.