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Gov. hopeful Greg Hughes chooses southern Utah running mate

April 14, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020, file photo, former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes speaks during a debate for Utah's 2020 gubernatorial race, in Salt Lake City. Hughes chose an elected official from southern Utah as his running mate in the governor's race Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Hughes, a Republican, pointed to Victor Iverson's efforts to keep the tax rate low and rainy-day funds robust in Washington County, calling him a "proven leader with a commitment to conservative principles." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020, file photo, former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes speaks during a debate for Utah's 2020 gubernatorial race, in Salt Lake City. Hughes chose an elected official from southern Utah as his running mate in the governor's race Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Hughes, a Republican, pointed to Victor Iverson's efforts to keep the tax rate low and rainy-day funds robust in Washington County, calling him a "proven leader with a commitment to conservative principles." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes chose an elected official from southern Utah as his running mate in the governor’s race Tuesday.

Hughes, a Republican, pointed to Iverson’s efforts to keep the tax rate low and rainy-day funds robust in Washington County, calling him a “proven leader with a commitment to conservative principles.”

Iverson has served as president of the Utah Association of Counties and a public-lands policy advisor for Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee. He praised Hughes’s “proven ability to get things done.”

Hughes is one of several candidates competing in a crowded field, and the latest to announce his pick for lieutenant governor.

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Other candidates for the GOP nomination include former U.S.-Russia ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr., Ex-GOP chair Thomas Wright, businessman Jeff Burningham and Salt Lake County Council member Aimee Winder Newton.