Greg Miller won’t run for governor in 2020

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Businessman Greg Miller announced Wednesday morning that he would not jump into the 2020 Utah governor’s race.

Miller said he had contemplating joining the race to replace Gov. Gary Herbert, who is not seeking re-election next year. In an email statement, Miller said he had decided against it.

“After careful consideration, I have decided not to run in the 2020 election,” he said. “At this time, I believe I can do more to enrich the lives of my fellow Utahns through my work in the private sector and through philanthropic and community engagement.”

So far, there are just two declared candidates in the race: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Provo businessman Jeff Burningham.

Former Governor Jon Huntsman is expected to return to Utah and mount a campaign to return to the governor’s office after he finishes his duties as Ambassador to Russia for the Trump administration.

Former Speaker of the House Greg Hughes is raising big bucks ahead of a likely campaign for governor next year. He told UtahPolicy.com he may not officially launch his bid until later this year.

Retiring 1st District Congressman Rob Bishop says he will decide on running for governor sometime this fall, but won’t make his intentions public until early next year.

Others said to be mulling a run next year include Attorney General Sean Reyes, Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton, former Utah GOP Chair and real estate executive Thomas Wright and businessman Spence Eccles.