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Peter Cooke challenges Gov. Gary Herbert to 7 debates in Utah governor's race

Published: Monday, July 27 2015 9:57 p.m. MDT

Democratic candidate for Utah governor, Peter Cooke, poses at his campaign offices in Salt Lake City, March 20, 2012. (Brian Nicholson, Deseret News) Democratic candidate for Utah governor, Peter Cooke, poses at his campaign offices in Salt Lake City, March 20, 2012. (Brian Nicholson, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Democrat Peter Cooke is challenging Gov. Gary Herbert to seven debates around the state prior to the November election.

Fair and balanced debates are a historical part of democracy and provide voters with the information they need to measure the candidates, Cooke said.

Herbert campaign spokesman Marty Carpenter said the governor welcomes the opportunity to debate and to make the sure the electorate can make an informed decision. As for how many debates between now and Election Day, Carpenter said that remains to be coordinated with Herbert's schedule.

The Cooke campaign said it is talking to civic groups, TV and radio stations and universities about sponsoring the events. Cook suggested debates be held in seven major geographical regions in the state so more residents could be involved.

Gov. Gary Herbert delivers his 2012 State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Gov. Gary Herbert delivers his 2012 State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

To date, the Utah League of Cities and Towns is scheduled to host a gubernatorial debate Sept. 14.

Dennis Romboy

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