SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The former head of a Utah medical staffing company on Friday became the latest candidate to challenge Gov. Gary Herbert’s re-election bid this year.
Democrat Michael Weinholtz said that he’s jumping in because he feels too many decisions in Utah are made by powerbrokers in the Republican Party, which dominates politics in the state.
Utah has not elected a Democratic governor since Scott Matheson in 1980, and Republicans have a supermajority in the state legislature and hold all statewide offices and congressional offices.
“Sure, it’s an uphill battle but I love being the underdog,” said Weinholtz, who is the chairman of the board at CHG Healthcare Services and is the company’s former CEO.