Friday, January 08, 2010

Confirmed -- Corroon is in


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon has confirmed that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Utah governor.

Corroon told The Associated Press his plans on Friday.

The moderate Democrat is widely seen as his party's best chance to unseat Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, who took office in August after Jon Huntsman resigned to become U.S. ambassador to China.

Herbert spokeswoman Angie Welling could not immediately be reached for comment.

A Democrat has not served as governor in Utah since Scott Matheson left office in 1985, but Democrats believe Herbert is vulnerable.

Huntsman's record-setting approval ratings have not transferred to Herbert, and the former real estate agent is still relatively unknown around the state.

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