Jan 5, 2024 - News

Former Utah GOP chair Carson Jorgensen jumps into governor's race

Courtesy: Carson Jorgensen.

Former state Republican Party Chair Carson Jorgensen launched his campaign Thursday to run in this year's gubernatorial race.

What he's saying: ​​Jorgensen said he's "a strong common sense conservative who's not going to weaken on any of his principles," in a Deseret News interview Thursday.

Details: Jorgensen, a sixth-generation sheep rancher, will face incumbent Gov. Spencer Cox and state Rep. Phil Lyman (R-Blanding) in the GOP primary in June.

Flashback: As party chair, Jorgensen criticized Cox's leadership in 2022 after the first-term governor vetoed a bill that would ban transgender girls from competing in school sports that matched their gender identity.

  • Jorgensen unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Chris Stewart for his seat in 2020.
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