Former Utah GOP Chairman and real estate executive Thomas Wright jumped into the 2020 GOP race for governor Thursday morning.
Wright joins an already crowded field that includes former Gov. Jon Huntsman, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton and Provo businessman Jeff Burningham.
“I am running for governor because when I look at Utah, where we are, and more importantly, where we can go and what we can be, I see no limits. But as well as we have done as a state, I believe it is time for new leadership with fresh ideas and energy,” Wright told UtahPolicy.com in an email.
“The challenges of a new decade require a new vision. I am prepared to help Utah meet these challenges and rise above, building on the best of our past accomplishments while climbing to new heights ahead,” he said.
Wright filed his intent to gather signatures to get on the GOP primary ballot. He says he will also participate in the traditional caucus/convention path.
A recent Utah Political Trends poll from December showed Wright with just 1% support among registered Utah voters. Cox was ahead of the pack with 41%, while Huntsman was at 29%.
Retiring 1st District Congressman Rob Bishop, Attorney General Sean Reyes and former House Speaker Greg Hughes are also said to be considering a run in 2020.