After initially saying his schedule would not permit it, Governor Gary Herbert has reversed course and agreed to debate Democrat Michael Weinholtz on Friday.
Herbert is returning from a trade mission to Canada, and initially said he could not debate Weinholtz at the annual League of Cities and Towns convention in Salt Lake City. After some blowback for skipping the event, which has been a tradition for gubernatorial candidates, Herbert relented after his campaign made “some adjustments in his calendar.”
Herbert is scheduled to return Thursday from a trade mission in Toronto, Canada, and his annual Governor’s Gala fundraiser, a major source of campaign revenue, will be held Friday night.
Carpenter said because first lady Jeanette Herbert did not travel to Canada with the governor, she was able to take care of some last-minute details for the gala.
“This is one we wanted to do,” Carpenter said of the debate, citing Herbert’s time as a Utah County commissioner and involvement with local government as lieutenant governor. “The governor’s excited about it. I think he’s pretty fired up.”