Author and businessman Richard Eyre will officially announce his candidacy for Utah governor on Monday. Eyre, author of "Utah in the Year 2000," is the leading candidate in some polls with the departure from the race of three other candidates.
Statewide polls showed Eyre behind Lt. Gov. Val Oveson, Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis and Congressman Jim Hansen. But all three have chosen to get out of the race for governor, which Eyre says leaves him as the front runner, from both the Republican and Democratic parties.Eyre is author of 20 books, most dealing with business or family issues. His "Utah in the Year 2000," for which he visited all 400 of the cities in the state over a three-year period, has sold over 10,000 copies since its publication last spring.
In conjunction with the book, the Eyres have formed the "Citizens for Utah" foundation to help implement some of his suggestions. Eyre is expected to confirm in his announcement that the book and organization will be part of his gubernatorial campaign.
Eyre and his wife, Linda, host a weekly cable TV program, "Families Are Forever." They are the parents of nine children.
In making his formal announcement, Eyre said he will stress two themes: innovative alternatives to the tax-and-spend model of government and emphasis on families and values as the foundation of society.