Douglas C. Pizac, Associated Press
12 Rocky Anderson
Douglas C. Pizac, Associated Press

The former Salt Lake City mayor, who organized a rally when George W. Bush came to Utah last week, is seemingly chomping at the bit for a return to public service and notoriety.

11 Sen. Dan Liljenquist
Michael Brandy, Deseret News

The 36-year-old freshman senator from Davis County nearly sacked Michael Waddoups as Senate President earlier this month. Liljenquist is primed to run for statewide office, perhaps as soon as 2012.

10 Tim Bridgewater
Matt Gillis, Deseret News

After a last-minute loss to Mike Lee in the GOP primary for Senate, Bridgewater is now 0-for-3 in Congressional campaigns. Will a fourth time be the charm for the Provo businessman?

9 Peter Corroon
Mike Terry, Deseret News

The second most-prominent Democratic politician in the Beehive State will inevitably look to rebound from the bludgeoning Herbert dealt him earlier this month — but what office will Corroon seek?

8 Attorney General Mark Shurtleff
Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

Thrice-elected to be the state's top lawyer, Shurtleff originally said he wouldn't run for reelection in 2012 but then in August reopened the door. He's also harbored larger aspirations.

7 Rep. Becky Lockhart
Courtesy Becky Lockhart

All eyes are on Lockhart, the first woman to serve as Speaker of the Utah House after her surprise defeat of previous speaker Dave Clark.

6 Rep. Stephen Sandstrom
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Widespread support for the Utah Compact could undercut the Sandstrom-led efforts to enact Arizona-style immigration legislation in Utah. Will Sandstrom's approach to immigration evolve as a result?

5 Gov. Gary Herbert
Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

An emphatic victory for Herbert in the special 2010 gubernatorial election wasn't enough to quell rumors that high-profile Republicans might line up to unseat the governor come 2012.

4 Rep. Jim Matheson
Tom Smart, Deseret News

He will likely wait for the 2011 Congressional redistricting to play out before deciding whether to run for reelection in 2012 or launch a bid for a different office like governor or the Senate.

3 Sen. Orrin Hatch
Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

Seeking reelection for a seventh term in 2012, Hatch is about to become the ranking Republican of the uber-powerful Senate Finance Committee.

2 Jon Huntsman Jr.
Al Hartmann

He's halfway around the world as the U.S. Ambassador to China, but buzz persists about Hunstman's viability as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate.

1 Rep. Jason Chaffetz
Mike Terry, Deseret News

Rumors persist that Rep. Jason Chaffetz is going to challenge Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2012 for Hatch's seat in the U.S. Senate — the same sort of innuendo that's been popping up on prominent national websites such as and The Hill throughout 2010 — Chaffetz is doing nothing to discourage the speculation.