SALT LAKE CITY — Aimee Winder Newton, a GOP member of the Salt Lake County Council, announced her candidacy for governor in the 2020 election on Wednesday, becoming the latest member of the Republican Party to step into the race.
In the announcement, Winder Newton said Utah faces some critical challenges in the coming years.
“I’m not running to be someone, I’m running to do something.” — Aimee Winder Newton, a GOP member of the Salt Lake County Council
“Utah is at a pivotal moment. Our tremendous economic growth puts us in a position of envy for the rest of the country. I’m a conservative Republican whose vision encompasses not just the next four years, but the next 40 years,” she said.
Winder Newton, in 2018, became the first woman to chair the Salt Lake County Council, experience she says puts her in a “strong position” to become chief executive of one of the fastest-growing states in the country.
“During my time as a member and chair of the Salt Lake County Council, I’ve realized how important it is to be able to work with people, while still maintaining your principles. On the council, I’ve worked shoulder to shoulder with members of both parties to oversee big issues,” she said.
During her tenure, she pointed to tackling the state’s second largest budget, reforming the criminal justice system, pushing to make government more open and transparent and efforts to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty
“As governor, I will work hard to serve the people of Utah. I’m not running to be someone, I’m running to do something,” she said.
Winder Newton joins Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and GOP candidate Jeff Burningham in the race to take Gov. Gary Herbert’s seat.
Herbert, who has been governor since 2009, announced he will not seek another term.
Other rumored contenders include former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and Rep. Rob Bishop.