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86 Utah elected officials encourage DeSantis to run for president

Nov 14, 2022, 3:51 PM | Updated: 4:31 pm

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 08: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives a victory speech after defeating Democrati...

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 08: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives a victory speech after defeating Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Charlie Crist during his election night watch party at the Tampa Convention Center on November 8, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. DeSantis was the projected winner by a double-digit lead. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Many Utah elected officials are urging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to consider running for President of the United States in 2024.

DeSantis, a Republican who has been serving as Florida Governor since January 2019, was encouraged to run by 86 Utah officials Monday.

Sen. Dan McCay, Sen. Todd Weiler and Sen. Mike McKell issued the following statement:

“Our nation stands at a crossroads. We recognize the need for a strong leader to guide and direct our nation, someone with a proven track record, strong conservative foundation, and who understands the operations of state government. We need a leader who will strengthen and unify the nation. Gov. Ron DeSantis serves his country and state well and skillfully navigated the many challenges Florida faced during his first term.

“As elected officials in Utah, we call upon Gov. DeSantis to form an exploratory committee for President of the United States in 2024.”

Just days earlier, former U.S. President Donald Trump called DeSantis an “average” governor who would have never won in 2018 without Trump’s help also calling him, “Ron DeSanctimonious.”

The support for DeSantis from Utah leaders was announced Monday, while multiple sources expect Trump to make a formal speech Tuesday, possibly announcing his candidacy for President of the United States.

The full list of names of Utah elected officials listed in the release can be found below:

State Auditor John Dougall

Sen. Todd Weiler

Sen. Scott Sandall

Sen. Mike McKell

Sen. Mike Kennedy

Sen. Lincoln Fillmore

Sen. Kirk Cullimore

Sen. Jake Anderegg

Sen. Evan Vickers

Sen. Derrin Owens

Sen. Daniel McCay

Sen. Curtis Bramble

Rep. Tom Hawkes

Rep. Susan Pulsipher

Rep. Ryan D. Wilcox

Rep. Robert Spendlove

Rep. Raymond Ward

Rep. Paul Cutler

Rep. Mike Schultz

Rep. Melissa Garff Ballard

Rep. Marsha Judkins

Rep. Keven J Stratton

Rep. Kera Birkeland

Rep. Ken Ivory

Rep. Kay Christofferson

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee

Rep. Karen Peterson

Rep. Jordan Teuscher

Rep. Jon Hawkins

Rep. Jefferson Moss

Rep. Jefferson Burton

Rep. Elect Stephanie Gricius

Rep. Doug Welton

Rep. Dan Johnson

Rep. Colin Jack

Rep. Christine Watkins

Rep. Casey Snider

Rep. Candace Pierucci

Rep. Brady Brammer

Rep. Walt Brooks

Mayor Trent Staggs

Mayor Tamara Tran

Mayor Mike Mendenhall

Mayor Mark Johnson

Mayor Lorin Palmer

Mayor Kendalyn Harris

Mayor Julie Fullmer

Mayor Dawn Ramsey

Mayor Brian J. Horrocks

Mayor Bill Wright

County Clerk Josh Daniels

County Auditor Elect Rod Mann

Councilmember Todd Williams

Councilmember Troy McDougal

Councilmember Terry D Peterson

Councilmember Tawnee McCay

Councilmember Tamara Zander

Councilmember Stacy Beck

Councilmember Sheldon Stewart

Councilmember Seth Sorensen

Councilmember Scott L Smith

Councilmember Richard Higginson

Councilmember Paul Hancock

Councilmember Michael Green

Councilmember Mark Hales

Councilmember Laurie Stringham

Councilmember Kevin Oyler

Councilmember Kari Malkovich

Councilmember Jesse Bell

Councilmember Gina Worthen

Councilmember Don Shelton

Councilmember Dea Theodore

Councilmember Dave Erickson

Councilmember Dave Alvord

Councilmember Clint Morris

Councilmember Claude Wells

Councilmember Chris Condie

Councilmember Cal Roberts

Councilmember Bradley G. Marlor

Councilmember Ben Hillyard

Councilmember Aimee Winder Newton

Commissioner Randy B. Elliott

Commissioner-Elect Brandon Gordon

Commissioner Amelia Powers Gardner

Clerk/Auditor Jess Bradfield

Auditor Chris Harding

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86 Utah elected officials encourage DeSantis to run for president