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Democratic Candidate for Utah Governor Brian King Responds to GOP Primary Debate: “Utah Deserves Better”

(SALT LAKE CITY, UT) - Tonight, Spencer Cox and Phil Lyman, the Republican candidates for Utah Governor, faced off in a debate ahead of the June 25th primary election to choose their party’s nominee. 

Rep. Brian King, the Democratic nominee for governor, released the following statement in response: 

“After watching the Republican gubernatorial debate tonight, I am extremely dismayed, and I know that Utahns who tuned in looking for a collaborative, solutions-oriented discussion are coming away feeling the same. Governor Cox, who once campaigned as a sensible moderate, has surrendered to the far-right extremists dominating today's Republican Party. His performance tonight confirmed that his principles have been sacrificed to appease a vocal minority.

“To those who watched tonight’s debate hoping to hear common sense solutions to the problems we face, you are not alone in feeling like your party has left you behind. We’re building a coalition of pragmatists, not purists, bringing Utahns of all political backgrounds together behind a common goal: getting our state back on track and protecting our shared values of freedom, democracy, and good government. I invite all Utahns to join us—for the better.”

A recent survey indicates that over 60% of Utahns believe our state is on the wrong track. Concerns span across partisan lines, from the rising cost of housing and political polarization to politicians ignoring voters' concerns. In tonight’s debate, neither Republican candidate addressed the root causes of this discontent or proposed real solutions to Utahns’ concerns. In stark contrast, Rep. King remains focused on the issues that matter to everyday people. As governor, he will prioritize results over rhetoric and the public good over personal interests.


Brian King represents District 23 in the Utah State House of Representatives. Elected in 2008, he also served as the House Minority Leader from 2015 to 2023. In addition to his role in public service, Brian is a practicing attorney and business owner. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Ann, accompanied by the delightful presence of their dog, Cora. Brian has four daughters, three stepchildren, and three grandchildren. Watch the campaign’s most recent ad: “A Place for Pioneers”. To learn more about Brian’s campaign for governor, visit

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