About face? Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says 'never say never' about possible re-election bid

Herbert says he's had 'strong encouragement' to seek state's top office again

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  • beenwatching Layton, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 10:19 a.m.

    Gary has done a good job. Agree with prior comment that he has not been afraid to take issue with the legislature. Anything to keep Chaffetz out, or any other of the rabid ultra conservatives of the legislature.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:25 a.m.

    If he believes he can still serve effectively I'm all for him.

    As mentioned in several posts. There are definitely worse options who are considering a run.

  • Strider303 American Fork, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 2:30 p.m.

    Not a big fan, but considering the "pretenders" to the throne I would be inclined to support him again.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 10:44 a.m.

    Not a fan of his but if this keeps jason chaffetz from running, I'm all for it. Mostly because this state will elect chaffetz which would be a colossal mistake.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 10:00 a.m.

    It's difficult to argue against re-electing a successful chief executive. Herbert has served Utah well. Democracy is about allowing voters decide who they want to represent them.

  • ConradGurch Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 30, 2019 9:41 a.m.

    Wonder who the church will nominate for the next gov. The last thing we need is another church yes man.

  • AlagnakLounger Heber City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 8:18 a.m.

    In light of those that have explicitly stated that they are running, those that have hinted they are running and those that have quietly floated a trial ballon, I would be delighted if he backtracked and ran again. He’s imensly better than any of them; including Chaffetz, Hughes, McAdams, Dougall, Josh Romney, Johnson, Wilson, etc, etc.

    Lee would be great, but better remaining as our Senator or as a future Supreme Court justice.

  • CoreyE33 Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 8:02 a.m.

    I will not vote for him or Hughes. They are what is wrong with Utah.

    Look at prop 2, 3, & soon to be replaced prop 4. They're not good for this state. He is a workhorse. For the LDS church. I'll pass.

    I believe I, or most anyone, should run. How many signatures do you need? When's the deadline?

    Again... I'll not vote for him or Hughes.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 7:35 a.m.

    Herbert's sounding more like Hatch. But, I'd take Herbert over Hughes, any day, but I think Spencer Cox is our future.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 6:34 a.m.

    Gary Herbert, in his quiet way, has done a great deal of good for our state. I think he's possibly our best governor since Scott Matheson. One of his greatest strengths is that he's not afraid to disagree with our Legislature when he feels they're making a mistake. If he were to run again, there's little doubt he'd be re-elected. Heck, I might even vote for him, and I'm a Democrat.

  • Justmythoughts Provo, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 6:26 a.m.

    I think he didn’t want to have “lame duck” status just yet, especially during the legislative session. It is difficult for most people to voluntarily give up power though.

  • slackoff green river, WY
    Jan. 30, 2019 2:33 a.m.

    Give other people a turn?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 29, 2019 10:56 p.m.

    We could do far worse than another term of Gov. Herbert. He is an exceptionally good leader of the state, quiet, businesslike, focused on doing what is good for the state and not for his personal ego or political career. He is truly a work horse, not a show horse, a welcome change from several predecessors.

    When he finally does leave office, he will go back to being a normal guy, doing normal stuff, not chasing after more power or expecting to be treated like a king. What the framers had in mind.

    Regarding the earlier comment- "Surely there are other qualified people that deserve an opportunity to be the chief executive of the State of Utah." No, this is not a jobs program for every marginally qualified person to take "their turn." We should look for the person who will lead and manage the state the best, with low taxes, small government, and no drama. We will have to look hard to find someone who can do it better than Gary Herbert.

    And, I say that even though I disagree with him on some issues. None of the politicians I see angling for the job would be an improvement, at all!

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 29, 2019 10:22 p.m.

    Surely there are other qualified people that deserve an opportunity to be the chief executive of the State of Utah. Please allow them that.