Governor Herbert gives $50,000 to Spencer Cox’s campaign for governor

Governor Herbert Spencer Cox

Governor Gary Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer Cox at Southern Utah University on Sept. 4, 2019. (Photo by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Governor Gary Herbert has cut a $50,000 check for his second-in-command’s campaign to replace him.

The governor also plans to host a fundraiser golf event for Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, who is campaigning across the state. Speaking to FOX 13 at the governor’s annual Utah Rural Summit at Southern Utah University, Cox said he was grateful for the donation.

“It’s the part I hate the most,” Cox said of fundraising. “I think it’s not good for our political system but it is the system in which we live. It’s very expensive to get our message out and so we need all the help we can get and this is certainly very helpful.”

Cox has said the bulk of his campaign contributions are small, individual donations.

The Lt. Governor is facing a crowded field of potential challengers. Provo businessman Jeff Burningham has begun laying the groundwork for a gubernatorial bid. Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia (and former Utah governor) Jon Huntsman Jr. is contemplating a run. So is former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton, Congressman Rob Bishop and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes.

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